TTC

Teacher Training Center (TTC) Overview

WHAT IS THE TEACHER TRAINING CENTER (TTC)?

Shady Hill's nationally known Teacher Training Center (TTC) is a graduate-level teacher preparation program that provides aspiring teachers with well guided experiences in pre-K through eighth-grade classrooms. In this one year, site-based program, apprentice teachers discover what teaching is all about through observation, supervised teaching, workshops, seminars, and continuous involvement in the life of the school. Some participants choose to enroll solely in the TTC, though most also participate in a partnering master's program at Lesley University or Boston University.

WHAT DOES THE TTC OFFER?

In one year you will have…
  • Teaching Experience
  • A Master's Degree in Education
  • Teacher Certification
  • A community that values joyful, active, learning

WHAT ARE TTC ALUMNI SAYING?

"I am a professor in education; I teach teachers; I shift the culture of schools; I change the landscape for people of color. I feel fortunate to be in a position to do this important work and to have found the TTC, which started me on a path of making a difference on a large scale." 

Charlotte Jacobs, PhD TTC ‘06
-- Co-Director, Independent School Teaching Residency (ISTR) at Penn GE
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"In my cohort, I was selected as that year’s TTC Urban Teaching Fellow, which placed me in a Cambridge public school for my spring term. Seeing different schools with different approaches opened me to a diversity of ideas, issues, and communities." 

Sean Hamer, Ed.D. TTC ‘05 & Urban Teaching Fellow
-- Head of Alta Vista School, San Francisco
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"Something deeply ingrained in me from the TTC is that schools are dynamic, team-oriented places where communication, collaboration, empathy, and social skills are as important as the academics." 

Nathan Tanaka TTC ‘13
-- Middle School Head, Prospect Sierra School
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"I never forgot about my time at SHS in the TTC program and the encouragement it gave me to write a book. Flash forward over 15 years later and I am a published author." 

Grace Kwon Shim TTC ‘05
-- Author, The Noh Family
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CLASS OF 2023!


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In the words of Katharine Taylor, TTC Founder and the first Director of Shady Hill School...

"The development of the person is really the most important element in the education of a teacher. No amount of technique or scholarship can make a good teacher out of a person who is afraid of experience."  – Katharine Taylor, Founder of the Teacher Training Center (TTC)
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