STEP-UP (Summer Teacher Education Partnership for Urban Preparation) is a 4-week teaching and community internship and summer residency program for pre-service teachers from Illinois State University.
Students who are selected for STEP-UP (STEP-UP Fellows) live in Chicago or Decatur in a partner neighborhood where they participate in a rigorous 4-week program. During the program, Fellows assist in Chicago Public School (CPS) or Decatur Public School (DPS) classrooms during summer school, serve as an intern at a community-based organization, engage in deep reflection about urban teaching through seminars and workshops taught by ISU faculty/staff, CPS and DPS teachers/administrators and community activists, and participate in other civically engaged activities in Decatur and five culturally distinct Chicago communities.
STEP-UP has a strong focus on the role community plays in education and the ways in which teachers are a part of the greater community effort toward improving the quality of life for all residents. STEP-UP provides Fellows an in-depth understanding of one partner community by fully immersing them in the neighborhood and is the best way to prepare to become a Chicago Public School or Decatur Public School teacher.
STEP-UP Informational Night and Application Questions
Tuesday, February 21st @ 7 PM
DeGarmo Room 551
Students will be able to meet STEP-UP Senior Supervisor Matt Miller
and Decatur Teacher Education Pipeline Director Shannon Mittleman as
well as an opportunity to meet with past STEP-UP Fellows. Please come
whenever you can to this event to learn more about STEP-UP and get all
of your questions answered.
Applications for STEP-UP 2017 are now available and are due by February 27, 2017. You are encouraged to submit your application prior to the deadline. STEP-UP Chicago and STEP-UP Decatur are open to all education majors. Applications are accepted online or by using the forms below.
If you have questions, email Matthew Miller (email@example.com), visit the Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline™ office on campus in Uptown Crossing, or visit us in Chicago at 2934 W. Lake St., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60612.