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2016 Summer Academy for Creative Studies

The Upward Bound and Upward Bound Migrant (UB/UBM) program is a federally-funded TRIO program that offers a Summer Academy for Creative Studies for 75 to 80 high school students at University Park from June 11 - July 22. This program provides academic enrichment through summer classes and applied learning activities for college readiness and career preparation. The students who qualify and attend this program are seeking introductory content to which may include hands-on experiences and career exploration.

Characteristics of target audience

  • High school students, rising 10th through 12th grade (ages 14-17)
  • Low-income, first-generation
  • Students attend Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) school districts in Pennsylvania
  • Half are English Language Learners (ELL), native Spanish speakers, and the children of Pennsylvania’s migrant farmworkers


Summer Instructors

Qualifications include: dedication to educating the next generation, development of introductory level concepts, and strong desire to assist students in understanding learning course work. Instructors are encouraged to use inquiry-based teaching methods, field trips, hands-on activities, and other creative means to support their lessons. Courses should not be designed for depth of content, but rather to promote confidence and persistence/diligence in a content area. Courses should be written to connect content with critical thinking and communication skills. An interest in incorporating a Social Justice theme into curriculum is highly desired.  We need educators to teach in the following areas:

  • Academic Courses:
    • Critical Writing and Reading
    • ESL instruction
    • Math (Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, Calculus)
    • Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Anatomy, AP/Advanced Science, for example)
    • Electives  - various, with an emphasis on academic, college, and life preparation
  • Time frame: June 13 - July 13
  • Class size: 10 to 12 students
  • Class time: Varies.  On average, 4 to 6 hours each course, per week.  In general, Science and Math in morning, Critical Reading/Writing and the Liberal Arts in afternoon.
  • Pay Rate: Determined based on experience. Please refer to the official job posting for more information.
  • Materials: UB/UBM has a limited selection of textbooks available; however, you may prefer to utilize materials with which you are more familiar. Please contact the UB/UBM office for information specific to the course you are interested in teaching.

 

Residential Staff 

UB/UBM employs a team of Penn State graduate and undergraduate students who enjoy tutoring, mentoring, and facilitating small group activities for high school-aged youth. Residential staff are required to reside in the residence hall with our students, lead academic activities, tutor struggling students, create cross-cultural understanding, and develop and integrate programming and teambuilding activities throughout the program – all while fostering a healthy living environment for 80 high school students on campus.

Residential Coordinator (RC): 

  • Similar to a traditional Residential Director or Hall Coordinator position
  • Schedule, supervise, and evaluate the programs of Residential Mentors (RMs)
  • Interact and collaborate with staff members from other programs in the residence hall
  • Communicate with cleaning and maintenance personnel on an ongoing basis
  • Time frame: June 6 through July 22
  • Pay rate: TBD.  Housing and meals will be provided June 6 - July 22 


Residential Mentors (RMs):

  • Similar to a traditional RA position
  • Establish a supportive, encouraging, and welcoming environment in the residence hall and within small group (6 to 7 students)
  • Serve as a role model 
  • Enforce program and University rules and policies
  • Time frame:  June 6 - July 22
  • Pay rate: $460/week. Housing and meals provided length of employment

 

How do I apply?

Please visit the following links below to apply for each respective position:

 

For more information, please contact our office by calling 814-865-2320 or send us an email at upwardbound@psu.edu.