Blue Engine is a New York-based nonprofit that harnesses the power of national service to combat a cycle of college under-preparedness by recruiting, training, and supporting a professional corps of Blue Engine Teaching Assistants (BETAs) dedicated to academic acceleration in high-need public high schools. Our BETAs are placed in school-based teams that work with every student in the grade level – not just high achievers and not just students who need more attention – a feature of Blue Engine designed to minimize the number of students who feel stigmatized by “high dose tutoring” and provide a way for students of all ability levels to have safe, individualized spaces to learn.
Blue Engine helps its students master the academic skills required for high school, college and work success. By accelerating achievement in core academic courses, Blue Engine prepares students in our target schools for the higher-level courses necessary to succeed in college and work. Blue Engine seeks individuals whose past experiences have prepared them both to excel under challenging circumstances and to affect measurable change in the lives of young people. After a highly competitive selection process, our 2013-2014 BETAs will begin their year of service in August 2013 in New York City.
About the Teaching Assistantship
Throughout twelve months of service, BETAs work in school-based teams, collaborating with school staff to help entire grade levels make dramatic gains in academic achievement. During the 2013-2014 academic year, BETAs will support students enrolled in high school Math and English Language Arts courses. An intensive four-week training program in August prepares BETAs to review content, learn how to set ambitious goals, invest students in their own success, and conduct measurably effective small group instruction that is both flexible and responsive to student learning. During the school year, BETAs work with small groups of students (4-6) and collaborate with teachers in the classroom and after school to customize instruction, increase academic rigor, and build empowering relationships with students at every academic level.
We are seeking BETAs committed to:
achieving ambitious and measurable results
demonstrating exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills
showing enthusiasm for teamwork
implementing new strategies that help Blue Engine grow
overcoming steep challenges
In short, Blue Engine is a new kind of service opportunity. To learn more, get involved today:
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At Blue Engine, we are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, striving to recruit a workforce that reflects the diverse communities in which we serve. We seek individuals of all backgrounds to join our team, embracing our differences, big, small, seen and unseen, as crucial to the success of our mission. When combined with a shared culture of core values, these differences create the conditions for self-discovery, open communication, critical thinking, and — most importantly — our collective ability to create a measurable impact in the lives of young people.
Conduct rigorous small group instruction for high school students in English Language Arts, Algebra, and/or Geometry (content area support will be provided)
Assist teachers in classroom instruction and curricular planning
Evaluate and monitor student progress and adjust educational plans accordingly
Lead students on carefully planned college visits throughout the New York City metropolitan area
Develop relationships with school staff, administrators, and community members
Coordinate and execute afterschool enrichment programming
Stipend ($1,200 pre-tax per month for twelve months, $14,400 annually)
Basic health coverage (similar to Americorps healthcare)
Free unlimited monthly MTA passes
4 weeks of training in New York City
Career development workshops and networking opportunities
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,350 upon completion of service to pay education costs at qualified institutions or to pay back student loans. Some schools will also match the Education Award.) (AmeriCorps application pending)
Record of prior academic achievement
Demonstrated ability to take initiative
Extremely well organized and detail-oriented
Ability to communicate effectively within a team
Flexibility to adapt to new situations
Interest in instructing small groups in high school Mathematics or English/Language Arts
Interest in or experience working with high school youth
Recent college graduate (within 5 years) from any academic concentration
2.50 Minimum GPA (undergrad)
US Citizenship or National/Permanent Resident Status
If you have served for a year or less with an AmeriCorps program (including never having served with AmeriCorps), you are eligible to apply to become a BETA.
If you have already served a year and a half or more with AmeriCorps, your potential AmeriCorps benefits may be affected – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous AmeriCorps experience is NOT a prerequisite to become a BETA.
Online applications for our FIRST DEADLINE are due on February 18, 2013.
Online applications for our SECOND DEADLINE are due on March 11, 2013.
Step Three: Interview
After a review of online applications, qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a thirty minute phone interview. A select number of applicants will be invited to attend a half-day in-person interview session in New York City. Final decisions will be announced in mid-March (first deadline) and mid-April (second deadline) to allow Fellows sufficient time for planning and travel arrangements prior to the beginning of training in August 2013.