Collaboration keeps the TTC fresh and relevant in its important work of preparing teachers to provide an equitable education for all children. Independent schools and public schools throughout the United States repeatedly hire TTC graduates because they value the quality of their training.
The Teacher Training Course partners with a few public schools in Cambridge and Brookline. Schools in these districts enable apprentices to see and experience different models of teaching children. With the rise of English Language Learners in Massachusetts, it is important for apprentices to gain practical experience teaching these students. Anywhere from 30% to 60% of Shady Hill's apprentices complete their spring practicum in a public school. The director and assistant director of the TTC supervise apprentices both on and off Shady Hill's campus and facilitate professional development workshops for mentor teachers from all of our partnering schools.
The TTC's decades-old partnership with Lesley University provide apprentices with an opportunity to merge theory with practice every day. This partnership also enables our faculty at Shady Hill School to keep abreast of the latest educational research, teach graduate courses as adjunct faculty at Lesley University, and connect with other educators who train teachers.