PATH Summer Experience
The PATH Summer Rising experience is an optional three-summer commitment for the summers after 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
PATHfinders are middle school scholars that spend at least five weeks at a host high school diving into a dynamic summer of academic enrichment, character formation, and college preparation.
PATH Rising Student Teachers are highly talented undergraduate students of all backgrounds working with professional educators as their instructional coaches. Each day incorporates core academic class time, two meals, electives, skits, small groups, physical activity, and opportunities for prayer. PATH Teachers spend two weeks training and preparing prior to the PATHfinders’ arrival and one week wrapping up after.
“By far one of my best job experiences!”
- PATH staff member
- The PATH Teaching position is a wholistic and dynamic internship exposing college undergrads to an experience of all aspects of work as an educator.
- PATH Teachers’ primary responsibility is planning and teaching of a five-week English, literature, math or science block.
- PATH Teachers have the support of an intensive two-week teacher training and ongoing support of an Instructional Coach in the teaching area assigned in addition to the benefit of small class size (typically 10 students).
- Outside of the core teaching time, PATH Teachers lead a creative elective based on his/her interests and the interests of the students.
- PATH Teachers take part in work much like that of a camp counselor in creating a joy-filled atmosphere before classes, during meals, and in the afternoon.
- PATH Teachers work to plan and implement high energy and interactive greetings, cheers, songs, games, prayer services, and skits to build a college-going culture of joy, curiosity, welcoming, and kindness.
- PATH Teachers plan and chaperone field trips during the summer program which will include visits to college campuses, service projects, and team building activities.
- An opportunity to teach, mentor, and accompany some amazing middle school scholars
- Over 100 hours of training and professional development
- Ongoing observation, feedback, assistance, and support from an Instructional Coach
- A community built on a faith-driven desire to seek educational equity
- Participation in ACE’s first teaching internship
- A $3,000 stipend (and housing, if needed)
- The opportunity to get to know a new city and community on a deeper level
- Leadership roles for events and committees- truly, you’ll have a hand in shaping the program for years to come!
Eligibility / Who We Look For
- Current high school seniors through current college juniors
- Leaders with passion for their subject area, faith, justice, and community
- Individuals interested in getting a small taste of what a career in education would be like (from any and all areas of study)
- Humble and open participants in the wider community who respect and honor the dignity of all backgrounds
- Animated change agents looking to be a part of a solution to the injustice in our educational system
“Day in the Life” of a PATH Rising Student Teacher
The early morning sounds of the alarm clock are an immediate reminder that you’ve signed up for more than a summer job… you’ve signed up for a lifestyle. After getting ready quickly and grabbing your costume on the way out the door, you’re headed over to St. Augustine High School to set up your classroom.
Grateful that you spent time the night before making the robot soccer “field” on giant paper, you quickly set up the classroom for the robot soccer matches and put the finishing touches on the reflection sheets you’ll use after the big matches.
After prepping, you head outside to the sunny sidewalk for the morning team meeting where you announce that the bus greeting for the day will be “slo-mo cheering”.
The bus arrives, the children are (slowly) welcomed back, and all the PATH Team and PATHfinders head to the courtyard for a game of “Head to Head Hopscotch”.
After the game, everyone goes to the cafeteria for breakfast and conversations about favorite inventions.
After a quick cleaning of the tables, everyone heads back to the courtyard for “Raise the Roof” which includes a large group line dance and a conversation about the value of following directions.
You then jump right into Science class with the robot soccer matches, with your Instructional Coach (IC) observing as your 10 students engage in the activity and share how their previous lessons helped them with the coding and problem-solving.
The next period is a planning period, so you and your IC discuss what went well and what could be improved for about 20 minutes, and then you get to work on setting the room back up, carefully remembering your IC’s advice about thoughtful questions to write on the board to kickstart student thinking.
During your second planning period, you spend about 15 minutes observing your friend’s Math class and the rest of the break writing feedback on the students’ robotics reflections.
Next is lunch, and it is filled with lively conversations about the adventures of the morning’s classes, broken up from time to time by the sounds of college cheers and joyful singing.
Then everyone heads to the theater for “M&M Time”, where you perform in a skit as a comical character working on following directions on your path to college.
Quickly changing out of your goofy costume, you hustle back to your classroom to facilitate a small-group discussion about lessons learned regarding the day’s theme of following directions.
You then shift gears as you teach your Breakdance elective, preparing the students for their end-of-summer showcase.
Transitioning into Physical Activity Time (P.A.T.), you organize a big game of soccer.
After cooling down and gathering belongings, you lead your students to the chapel for “God In All Things”- a time of group prayer and “shout-outs” for the great work of the day.
As the students exit the chapel and head for the bus, you wrap up the last conversations of the day with your 7th grader who has really shown improvement in critically thinking about the coding process.
After waving goodbye to the bus, you head back inside for a faculty meeting to assess the day and clarify details for tomorrow before joining with tomorrow’s performers to run through the skeletal script of tomorrow’s improvised skit.
Finally, you take the last 45 minutes to finish providing feedback on the reflections and to create the activity for tomorrow’s class.
As you and the PATH team leave St. Augustine, you all agree on a time for dinner that night and a hike on Saturday.
Sample Summer Schedule
|6:45am||Arrive at school and prep for the day (check-in with co-workers, make copies, etc.)|
|7:50am||Bus Greeting / Game|
|8:45am||“Raise the Roof” (morning assembly)|
|9:15am||Teach 7th Grade Math|
|10:15am||Planning Period (coaching meeting, observe another class, prep for next period, etc.)|
|11:00am||Teach 7th Grade Math|
|11:45am||Planning Period (coaching meeting, observe another class, prep for the afternoon, etc.)|
|12:30pm||Lunch (and lots of cheering/singing!)|
|1:00pm||“Making it Meaningful” (skit)|
|1:30pm||“Bringing it Back” (small group discussions)|
|2:45pm||P.A.T. (Physical Activity Time)|
|3:45pm||“God In All Things” (prayer)|
|5:15pm||Individual Work Time|
PATH Summer Vocabulary
Raise the Roof - High energy morning assembly to bring absolute focus to daily and weekly character strengths and behaviors
Make it Meaningful - Skits emphasizing the objective of morning assembly
Bring it Back - Small group opportunities (facilitated by a PATH teacher) for students to discuss personal connections to daily and weekly strengths and behaviors
God in All Things - Time for praying and for honoring students who live values-based behaviors with excellence and joy (shout-outs)
PAT (Physical Activity Time) - Opportunity for students to be physically active and play indoor and outdoor games with teachers and staff
PATHfinders - Middle school (rising 7th - rising 9th grade) students enrolled in the PATH Summer Program
PATH Teachers - College students serving as teachers in the PATH Summer Program
ICs (Instructional Coaches) - Current teachers from local schools serving as summer instructional coaches supporting PATH teachers