School of Education



Social Action and Justice Education Fellowship Program

Addressing the nationwide shortage of educators of color, Arcadia’s Social Action and Justice Education (SAJE) Fellowship prepares students to serve as classroom teachers, provide mentorship in diverse communities, and lead schools, programs, and educational opportunities geared toward social justice. Each SAJE fellow will earn a bachelor’s degree aligned with Arcadia’s Secondary Education track, leading to certification in Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, Mathematics, or Social Studies.

Who Can Be a SAJE Fellow?

SAJE fellows are aspiring educators of color interested in:

  • Leading high schools and academic programs in culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Developing their global perspectives through international education opportunities
  • Mentoring diverse students to foster success in the classroom and in life

Benefits to the Fellow

  • Full or partial tuition and housing scholarships
  • Study abroad funding
  • A fully equipped MacBook
  • Preparatory summer program
  • Social justice leadership training and development opportunities
  • Job placement advantages in the School District of Philadelphia and priority interviewing in surrounding school districts

18%

of the teaching population in the United States are educators of color.

39%

reduction in high school drop-out rates for Black students who take classes with Black teachers.

50%+

of Pennsylvania schools have no teachers of color, making recruitment a priority.

Fellow Requirements

  • Student of color (African American, Black, Latino, Asian);
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Essay that conveys why you’re submitting the nomination;
  • Willingness to serve on the School of Education’s Teacher Leadership Team

Application Process

Students interested in the program must apply to Arcadia and complete the SAJE Fellowship Interest Form. Applicants can nominate themselves or be nominated. To be considered for the Fall 2020 fellowship cohort, prospective students must submit their applications by March 1. 

Our Commitment to Diverse Teacher Recruitment

The SAJE Fellowship aligns with several initiatives Arcadia’s School of Education has embarked on to support educators of color. This year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education also announced Aspiring to Educate (A2E), a program that aims to diversify Philadelphia’s teacher pool and develop culturally competent education programs, like Arcadia’s. The first of its kind in the nation, A2E with The Center for Black Educator Development are partnering with Arcadia to enhance dual enrollment, mentorship opportunities, and collegiate pathways for students of color.

More Information

Dr. Marc Brasof
brasofm@arcadia.edu

 

Dr. Priscilla Jeter-Illes
jeterilp@arcadia.edu

 

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