Blue Engine partners with school leaders, teachers, and Blue Engine Teaching Apprentices (BETAs) to create a powerful classroom environment for students in which teachers and BETAs teach together as a team, resulting in dramatic academic gains in gateway subjects. Blue Engine recruits, trains and matches a team of three BETAs with a certified lead teacher in English/Language Arts or Algebra in 8th, 9th or 10th grades. More educators in the classroom reduces the teacher to student ratio from about 1:30 to 1:6, enabling teachers to build authentic relationships with students, provides significantly more instructional hours during class and before/after school, and differentiates, individualizes and personalizes instruction. The teacher-BETA collaboration enables daily student-centered reflection and learning that improves teacher practice.
At the same time, Blue Engine’s hybrid model helps a diverse, local wave of educators enter the teaching profession through an apprenticeship (as a BETA and AmeriCorps member), teaching alongside a team for one or two years with the opportunity to earn their teaching credential in their second year through the Relay Graduate School of Education.
We’re excited you are considering joining the team as a Blue Engine Teaching Apprentice.
We’re looking for individuals who are…
- Curious about an apprenticeship model as a gradual on-ramp into the teaching profession
- Interested in being a part of a team teaching approach within public middle and high school classrooms in NYC
- Motivated by building relationships and working on a team
- Collaborative with others and learning & developing through feedback.
In order to apply, applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university by the first day of Blue Engine’s summer training institute in August
- 2.50 minimum GPA (undergraduate) — You must have a cumulative 2.50 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) from an accredited college or university at the time by your graduation date
- US Citizenship or National / Permanent Resident Status
- BETAs must be cleared through background and security checks prior to beginning their year of service.
Prior education experience or AmeriCorps membership is not required to become a BETA.
- Devoting 1-2 years of service as AmeriCorps members in partnership with certified Department of Education teachers in middle and/or high school Algebra or English Language Arts.
- Completion of a four-week training in August.
- While they are not the lead teacher in the classroom, BETAs are responsible for attending meetings, preparing for lessons, tutoring, grading, attending school events and making parent phone calls.
- Upon completing the first year of service, BETAs have the option to stay for a second year as a Team Coordinator, where they manage a team of BETAs, and can choose to enroll in Blue Engine’s teacher residency program at Relay Graduate School of Education to become a certified, full-time teacher.