Intern Program at CTL
Applications for the 2014-15 intern program will be available later this spring.
deadline to apply for next year's internships is
July 15, 2014.
The Center for Teaching and Learning opened its doors in 1990 as a non-profit demonstration school funded through foundation grants, tuitions, donations, and revenues raised through our seminars and program for teacher-visitors. Our student population includes eighty children of mixed abilities in classes of combined grades, K-8. The tuition is set purposely low—one-third that of other independent schools in the area. We work hard to raise sufficient tuition assistance so that our student population closely resembles that of a typical Maine public elementary school.
CTL is also a demonstration school for teachers from across the
U.S. The faculty has drawn on theory and research, including
our own, to show how K-8 schools might be restructured.
The curriculum stresses real and original work: writing, research,
computation and problem-solving, experiments, building, observation,
data collection and analysis, the reading of exceptional children’s
literature across the disciplines, and artistic, musical,
and dramatic performance.
in writing, reading, and math is organized as a workshop, which combines
whole-group instruction, via mini-lessons and conferences with individual
students about their independent efforts. We believe
these approaches have intrinsic value, transfer readily
to life beyond school, engage students, and motivate them to sustain the
hard work that learning requires. CTL’s philosophy
and methods invite other educators to look with new eyes at what
is possible for their schools and students.
intern program is an opportunity for us to demonstrate research-based
methods in an environment we designed to match our intentions,
beliefs, knowledge, and experience. We believe key elements
of the CTL program can provide a realistic alternative for
teachers seeking more effective models for teaching and being
with children and collaborating with colleagues. CTL faculty
have worked with interning teachers from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado,
Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota,
Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, Wyoming, Canada, Ecuador, England, India, Uganda, and the Philippines.
intern program serves classroom teachers of
grades K-8 interested in learning more about teaching writing
and reading at either the K-4 or 5-8 level, with opportunities to observe and confer with several CTL teachers about literacy instruction.
Participants learn about writing and reading mini-lessons,
conferences, spelling instruction, age-appropriate literature
and poetry, and CTL teachers’ approaches to recordkeeping
and evaluation. Visiting teachers can anticipate
interning alongside other teachers from the same grade levels from
schools throughout the U.S. and beyond our borders.
The internship program is structured to make it likely that
visiting teachers will be able to act on what they have learned
here and make substantive changes back home. We have established
the following conditions for participation:
teachers of K-8 only are invited to apply. We’re sorry that high school teachers,
curriculum coordinators, special education teachers, teachers
of the gifted and talented, literacy coaches, graduate students, librarians, Title I teachers,
and administrators are not eligible. Internships are limited
to classroom teachers because their firsthand experiences
with children and investment in helping their own students
will be most valuable in translating aspects of CTL’s
program to other settings. In addition, since we operate without any of the personnel listed above, we aren't able to offer the assistance or specifics that these folks would seek.
teachers submit an application (see the downloadable PDF) that provides information
about their teaching backgrounds. Note: Teachers from one
school who are applying to travel to CTL together should submit
their application forms together.
spend four days, Monday-Thursday, at the school and immerse
themselves in CTL’s schedule, organization,
curricula, and methods and theories of teaching. Interns
observe instruction, record and reflect on their
observations, and work with one another and our faculty;
they do not teach CTL students. The focus is on examining
the structures in place here and considering implications
for back home.
cost to each interning teacher is $850, payable in full
no later than two weeks in advance of the first day of the
teachers review applications and select the intern teams together
in late July. Our criteria include adherence to the guidelines
established in this letter; completeness of the application;
and compatibility of a teacher’s vision and sense of
purpose with CTL.
Applicants are notified of our decision by or on August 8; please don’t
call the school before that date.
is located approximately an hour north of Portland, Maine.
Teachers who live at a distance and cannot commute daily can
arrange to be accommodated locally at the inn at the the Cod Cove Inn or the Sheepscot Harbour Village and Resort. Neither facility is within walking distance of the school, so
interns should anticipate that they will require a car during
their stay in Edgecomb. CTL will not be able to make lodging
or car rental arrangements.