Support the IRT on PA Giving Day – March 27

PA Giving Day is an opportunity for all in the Andover community to support the program that means the most to them. Last year on Giving Day, 67 individuals donated to the IRT, making it one of the most popular designations across the Academy! IRT donors’ generosity, combined with the power of matching funds, supported 8 IRT scholars in full.

Please join us again this year in support of the IRT. Challenge match funds will be offered, multiplying each individual’s impact. The IRT relies on annual gifts to meet its operating costs each year.

Every. Gift. Matters.

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Call for Submissions!

Help us Curate Content for a Black History Series on the IRT Blog

The IRT is interested in learning how educators recognize the history, events, and individuals that shape Black History not only in February but year-round. We will be working on publishing a series of posts on the blog and need your help!
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In Memoriam: Maryori Conde, IRT ’17

By Leislie Godo-Solo, IRT ’91
Education Programs Specialist, IRT

I first met Maryori Conde in November of 2016 during our discussion about her interest in IRT. During our short interaction, it was abundantly clear that she was tremendously passionate about educational access and teaching—she embodied the term educator. She became a teaching fellow at Breakthrough Providence and integrated social justice concepts into the curriculum which she taught to seventh graders. Carlon Howard, co-director of Breakthrough Providence states that“she was a very caring and passionate person, someone who believed in our mission.  Someone who always had a positive demeanor about herself, who always came with a smile.”

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Profile: Brighid Dwyer, IRT ’01

Redefining networking
I used to think of networking as a “dirty” word that conveyed images of people wearing stiff suits, holding cocktails, and pretending to be someone they are not in order to get a job or secure money for a business deal. While this is still a pervasive image that comes to mind when I think about networking, the IRT has caused me to think about networking in much more applicable, authentic, and holistic way. This is because the IRT focuses on the authenticity of the network, not the false pretenses that come with hollow actions of networking.

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IRT featured on Every Quarter Podcast

 

How do we educate our society as it continually evolves?

The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers seeks to answer this question. Founded in 1990 by Kelly Wise, the IRT has a nearly 30-year history of producing social justice–minded educators in both  K–12 and the professoriate.

In this episode of Every Quarter, we sit down with the LaShawnda Brooks, the new executive director of the IRT, and Jessica Acosta–Chavez ’06, IRT ’12, Phillips Academy’s associate director of admission and outreach. As an alumna of both the IRT and Phillips Academy, Acosta–Chavez is uniquely positioned to speak with Brooks around the history of the IRT, current needs in educating diverse populations, and new possibilities for the IRT.

As American demographics change, so does our need for educators. According to the Learning Policy Institute, people of color constitute nearly 40 percent of the population and 50 percent of our students.

Since the IRT’s founding in 1990, the percentage of K–12 educators of color has increased from 12 percent to 20 percent. Currently, more than 2,000 IRT alumni have received a Master’s degree and more than 330 IRT alumni have earned doctoral degrees.