Learning culturally responsive practices — including how to make your instruction sensitive and inclusive for each student — makes you a teacher who’s better able to address student needs and create equitable learning opportunities.
By embedding yourself in an ethnically diverse local high school for a full year, the Madison Scholars program will enhance your standard Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum and classroom experience through intentional learning, hands-on training, and a culturally diverse education.
Enrich Your Curriculum and Your Experience
Offering a unique opportunity for full-time secondary MAT students in language arts, social studies, math, science, and Spanish, the Madison Scholars program came about through a partnership between Concordia’s College of Education and Madison High School in northeast Portland.
In addition to the experience of teaching at Madison High School, you will be woven into the very fabric of the high school — meeting with the parents, participating in school activities, and being an active, integral part of the school community. While the program will require attendance at additional events, it’s an amazing opportunity for clinical experience.
Why Madison High School?
With more than 30 languages spoken representing more than 60 countries, Madison is the most ethnically diverse school in Oregon — and a realistic reflection of today’s America. Madison offers a full range of core college prep classes, as well as elective options in math, performing and visual arts, science, social science, and world languages. Students at Madison can also enroll in Advanced Placement and dual credit courses. Like Concordia, Madison High School is community-focused, from teachers and students to families and local partners.
Big Opportunity, Big Rewards
Five Concordia MAT students will be selected as Madison Scholars. Each Madison Scholar receives:
- $1000 Madison Scholar Award
- Special training before the Madison High school year starts — including a restorative justice seminar and culturally responsive programming
- Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) training — a college readiness system designed to close the achievement gap
- Advanced professional development with a teacher specifically assigned to you prior to your student teaching experience
- Weekly sessions with a Concordia College of Education mentor to talk through challenges and opportunities
- Enhanced experience working in a school beyond the teaching practicum hours