The UTC Program

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With UTC, you won't just serve the community, you'll be a part of it.


“Forget no child left behind. We want every single child to thrive,” says Dr. Tammy Schwartz, director, Urban Teaching Cohort. Idealistic? Yes. Unrealistic? Not at all, says Dr. Schwartz, who grew up on welfare and food stamps in one of Cincinnati’s toughest neighborhoods. She knows first hand how teachers can make a difference in a student’s life.

Discover how the Urban Teaching Cohort is preparing teachers who will make a difference. (or jump ahead to the Program Timeline for UTC students)

The Urban Teaching Cohort is...

Action oriented

Exposure to urban perspectives via textbooks and lectures is not effective. Miami’s program emphasizes face-to-face interactions and collaboration with  community members. Students don’t just serve the community, they become part of it. 

Supportive of student needs

Miami students often come from middle-class backgrounds. They are bright, socially conscious, and eager to make a difference, but many lack experience and confidence. So Miami’s program provides opportunities such as tutoring in urban schools and urban immersions (students spend a weekend in an inner city neighborhood working with community leaders on volunteer projects before they begin student teaching. Once students begin student teaching an interdisciplinary team of community, university, and school-based individuals provides mentoring.

Community based

Teaching is a situated practice, and the goal is to produce a new kind of teacher who is both teacher scholar and urban scholar. Students work and live in neighborhoods such as Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine area. They student teach in schools such as Cincinnati’s Rothenberg Elementary or Chicago’s Michele Clark High School. And community members are not just guest speakers, but co-collaborators.

Collaborative

UTC collaborates with other university programs that share similar goals. Our main partners are the Office of Community Engagement and Service and the Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine. These offices provide assistance and support that are essential to our success.

Program Timeline

Year One:
Weekend Urban Immersion (see details below)
Socio Cultural Studies in Education-U
25 hours of community engagement in community-based agencies
Critically reading/participating in “texts”
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Year Two:
UTC Seminars
Assigned public school student mentor
Urban field placements

Year Three:
UTC Seminars
Assigned Community Mentor
Cincinnati Summer Immersion (see details below)

Year Four:
UTC Seminars
Assigned Teacher Mentor
Urban Ed Senior Capstone
Residential Student Teaching Option (see details below)

Weekend Urban Immersion

Friday:

Community Journey
Venice on Vine
Coalition for the Homeless
Reflections

Saturday:

Cincinnati Summer Immersion

  • Three weeks in internship house
  • ½ days in community agencies
  • ½ days in schools interning with community school resource personnel
  • Course on the American city

Residential Student Teaching

  • Live and teach in Over-the-Rhine
  • Service Learning Class

The Urban Teaching Cohort is proud to be collaborating with the Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine as well as the following on-campus organizations: Office of Community Engagement, the Social Action Center, and the Honors and Scholars Advisory Board to further advance this program and provide this opportunity to all Miami University students.