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REDUCE summer learning regression. EXPOSE college students to MTR's mission of equal education. PROMOTE a love of learning.

About MTR Camp

MTR Camp was founded in 2013 to address systemic summer academic losses affecting students in MTR partner neighborhoods. Summer learning regression disproportionately affects students who live in low-income communities while middle­-class peers make slight gains. When multiplied over many years, more than half of the achievement gap between students of different socioeconomic statuses is explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities, impacting high school graduation and college readiness rates. The program is designed to provide academic enrichment within a summer camp experience for students who attend an MTR partner school, while exposing interns to education in Memphis and the residency program. Additionally, interns live in intentional community, explore Memphis and receive training in effective instructional techniques. MTR Camp aims to (1) reduce summer learning regression, (2) expose college students to MTR’s mission of equal education, and (3) promote a love for learning.

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Reduce Summer Learning Regression

During the summer of 2018, campers grew an average of 1.7 months in reading. Campers grew an average of 7% on internal math assessment. Strong reading fluency and mathematical competency are encouraging. Growth in these areas demonstrates that we are exceeding the baseline goal and that students did not regress during the summer in these two academic areas.

Expose College Students to MTR’s Mission of Equal Education

The summer staff experience provides the school year in microcosm: the opportunity to build individual relationships and classroom community from the first day of school/camp until the last, instruction, classroom leadership, professional development, coaching, and reflection on one’s own teaching practices. Providing intense classroom experience with training and support assists college students in deciding if teaching is a great career choice for them.

Promote a Love for Learning

MTR Camp truly values the process of learning! Therefore, we structure our camp day strategically to build a culture that celebrates learning. The cheers we chant collectively reinforce a value for learning. Classrooms are engaging and fun! Teachers are consistently reminding campers to appreciate the learning process. It’s not a school day but a camp day. Each site is unique, but one characteristic remains: WE LOVE TO LEARN!

Program Components

Summer Internship

Six week paid summer academic camp internship alongside like-minded individuals.

Teaching

Simulate first year teaching experience.

Community

Live in intentional community while learning effective gospel centered community development strategies.

Academic Enrichment

Provide academic enrichment for elementary students living within MTR partner neighborhoods.

Summer Camp

Create a fun filled high energy summer camp atmosphere while promoting learning.

Training

Receive training in effective instruction techniques.

Summer Learning

Use MTR Camp curriculum to to reinforce skills from the previous school year in small group instruction.

Compensation

A paid summer internship with housing and meals provided. ($1250 living stipend)

 

Staff Dates

Staff Application Open: October 1st
Staff Application Close: January 15th
Hire Notifications: Mid-March
Employment Dates: June 8 – July 21, 2019

Camper Dates & Registration

Camper Registration: In person registration at participating elementary schools from March to May
Camp Term: June 17 – July 19, 2019
(closed on July 4)
Camp Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm

Contact

Dr. Tracey Jernigan, MTR Camp Director
mtrcamp@memphistr.org
Instagram: @MTRCamp

“I made Memphis memories! God is here and has been here and will still be here. Greater things are still be done here.” – Tory Lang, 2014 Summer Intern/ 2016 MTR Grad