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Chatham University and Propel Schools launch the Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps

PITTSBURGH: Propel Schools, a non-profit federation of public charter schools, and Chatham University launch the Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps program in an effort to put more K-12 teachers in urban neighborhood schools.

Students accepted into the program will have the tuition for their Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Chatham University paid for by Propel Schools in exchange for two years of employment as a full-time teacher in a Propel School following the completion of their degree.

In addition to their coursework, program participants will spend a year in the classroom as a teaching apprentice under a Propel mentor, and will have eligibility for Middle Level Certification (grades 4-8). The program is completed in four terms—summer, fall, spring, and summer.

The Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corps is for individuals who are committed to social justice, equity in education and making a difference in the lives of students impacted by poverty and race. Applications and interviews are now being accepted for the inaugural class, which will be announced March 31, 2015.

“Chatham University is excited about this collaboration with Propel Schools and our Master of Arts in Teaching program. This partnership allows us to educate and secure employment for a new generation of the ‘best and brightest’ teachers who will work to create a positive and lasting impact on children in urban school settings,” states Dr. Darlene Motley, Dean of Chatham University’s School of Arts, Science & Business. “The Chatham-Propel collaboration is a unique opportunity for those who want to give back to a community, and we are happy to be part of this effort.”

More information and application materials can be found at and

Propel Schools, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to catalyze the transformation of public education so that all children have access to high performing public schools. Propel has become one of the largest, fastest-expanding set of charter schools in the state, with the highest levels of student achievement among Pennsylvania public school districts serving high poverty areas. Across Propel’s schools, 74% of students are eligible for the Federal free/reduced price lunch program; 73% are a minority; and 14% have special needs. Propel is serving 3,500 students this year at ten Allegheny County locations; 3,700 students are on the waiting list. More information at

Now fully coed, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, has over 2,100 students in the School of Health Sciences, the Falk School of Sustainability, and the School of Arts, Science and Business. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named to Sierra magazine’s list of top 20 “cool schools” and mentioned in Forbes as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Consistently ranked as a best college by “U.S. News & World Reports”, Chatham earned the highest ranking among western Pennsylvania institutions in the “Regional Universities – North” category for 2015. More information at