The Harvard Graduate School of Education has announced the hiring of three faculty members — Noah Heller, Sarah Leibel, and Victor Pereira Jr. — for its new Harvard Teacher Fellows (HTF) Program. They will join eight other newly appointed faculty members at the Ed School this fall.
“I am thrilled with the team we have assembled,” said Eric Shed, director of the HTF Program. “Given our faculty's talent, passion and experience, I am completely confident HTF will be a phenomenal program.”
Launching in spring 2016, the HTF Program will provide an innovative new pathway for Harvard College undergraduates to enter a teaching career. This selective program offers free, world-class teacher preparation for Harvard College seniors to become middle school and high school mathematics, science, history, and English teachers.
The HTF Program was created in response to the growing interest in education among Harvard undergraduates. It is also designed to respond to the need for more well-prepared teachers by drawing Harvard undergraduates into the teaching profession. HTF will prepare teachers in three distinct ways. It will train students to teach specific subjects, prepare students to be competent teachers through field-based training from their first day on the job, and provide continued resources and supports necessary to enable students to remain in teaching.
The HTF Program begins with eight months of intensive, field-based preparation, starting in January of the senior year through August. Training includes both coursework and mentored teaching. Fellows continue on to one academic year of part-time, field-based training in districts and charter networks across the nation, during which they continue to receive intensive coaching and training from HGSE faculty. Following the training, fellows return to HGSE where the program culminates with an additional summer of coursework, mentored teaching, and the ability to earn initial teacher licensure. Students then enter the teaching profession with the skills and dispositions to become effective and successful teachers while receiving continued coaching and training from HGSE. In addition, fellows interested in continuing their studies may apply their HTF coursework toward a master’s degree at HGSE.
Harvard College students interested in learning more about the program should visit gse.harvard.edu/htf.