M.A.T. Middle and High School: UTTC
Established in 1999, the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative was
designed as an innovative partnership between the Tufts University
Master of Arts in Teaching Program and three small Boston Public
Schools (the Boston Arts Academy, Fenway High School, and Mission Hill
School). The program has been re-named the Urban Education Scholars
Program and now extends to the Somerville and Malden School districts.
Tufts faculty, and the faculty and administrators of participating
schools in the Urban Education Scholars Program, are committed to
improving urban education, and share a common vision of teaching,
learning, and assessment, and a deep understanding of how research
should be used to inform practice.
Instead of completing a typical ten-week school internship after a
semester of university courses, Tufts Urban Scholars serve as student
teachers, or interns, and work at their assigned schools full-time
under the guidance of mentor teachers and university professors,
starting on the first day of school and ending in May.
Intern/Scholars start out assisting their mentor teacher and
participate in all the usual activities of teachers, including staff
meetings and special programs. To fulfill their degree requirements,
three of their graduate courses are taught at the school site. In
addition, interns attend seven half-day site-based seminars in the
fall, co-taught by a Tufts University professor and a Fenway High
School teacher who is also the intern coordinator.
The Urban Education Scholars program plays an essential role in
probing the issues and impact of race, class, and gender in teacher
training and student achievement. This innovative program continues to
sustain a strong partnership between Tufts and local progressive urban
View profiles of
past and current Urban Education Scholars (video).
Download a PDF of the complete curriculum for interns and
Watch the Preparing Urban Teachers: Uncovering Communities
Edutopia issue with a feature article about the Boston Arts Academy.