RTR What It Takes

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What It Takes

The passion

  • A call to teach for change.
  • A passion for transforming lives and achieving social justice through education.
  • A commitment to meeting the unique challenges of teaching in an urban classroom.
  • A desire to make the difference for urban students.
  • A longing to serve wherever the need is greatest.

The resiliency

  • The courage to stand in front of a classroom even though you may have never taught a day in your life.
  • The perseverance to keep going despite challenges and setbacks.
  • The ability to thrive while multitasking.
  • The willingness to seek and integrate feedback — to be coached by others.
  • The willingness to teach reluctant learners and those who are performing below grade level
  • The willingness to commit to working long hours during the residency year.
  • The ability to find creative outlets for stress—both during the residency year and while teaching.
  • The flexibility to balance uncertainty and change as the new norm.

The commitment

  • The ability to commit four-years to students of either Richmond, Petersburg, Chesterfield or Henrico. RTR is a four-year service program including the one-year residency with an additional three-years teaching in a high-needs, hard to staff school.

(Please note that successfully completing the residency is not a guarantee of employment — each school district is solely responsible for selecting, hiring, and placing its teachers — including RTR graduates.  However, if a resident successfully completes the residency year and is not offered a position, then RTR will work closely with the resident to find a comparable urban teaching placement so that the resident may fulfill the conditions of his or her service agreement.)

The fit – Is this for me?

Discerning whether or not RTR is the right program for you is an important step in the application process. A passion to teach does not necessarily mean you have a particular calling to teach urban students or a specific calling to teach urban students. This is a fascinating but critical distinction. Where do you most belong? A 21st century philosopher commented that “the place you are called … is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet (Frederick Buechner).”

Reflection: Is this for me?

______ Do I have a passion to teach?

______ Do I have a passion to teach high-needs students?

______ Do I have a passion to teach high-needs students?

______ Does this work meet my place of deep gladness?

______ Does this work meet the world’s deep hunger?

______ Is this for me?