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Be an Aspire Teacher

Thank you for your interest in Aspire. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 summer session. Please visit us again in December 2019 to apply for the 2020 summer program.

Aspire offers teachers the opportunity to... 

  • Change futures
  • Develop a love for teaching
  • Spark a passion
  • Make an impact
  • Feel stretched and supported.


Aspire is a six-week teacher training experience for both new and veteran educators and offers high school, college, graduate students and early career educators an introduction to teaching in an innovative feedback-rich environment. Aspire has recruited young educators from the nation’s leading colleges and top high schools in the Cleveland area.Teachers at Aspire are given opportunities to hone their skills by serving as the lead teacher in the classroom, developing their own curriculum and practicing important skills such as classroom management, differentiated instruction, culturally competent practice, and student assessment. Aspire teachers represent multiple levels of experience and are consistently given constructive criticism that enriches their craft as educators.These young teachers work together with experienced educators to implement creative, engaging classes. Aspire not only develops their awareness of the components of a high quality education and reflective teaching practice, but it also helps them develop an understanding of the many challenges facing the field of education. The time spent working at Aspire leads them to be effective advocates for education and to consider pursuing teaching as a career.

Aspire provides an environment in which teachers practice collaboration, innovation and creativity in the classroom.  Under the guidance and mentorship of professional educators, graduate, undergraduate and high school students are the primary teachers in their classrooms, planning and executing lessons every day.  Through this unique summer experience, teachers practice leadership and communication skills in a diverse community where everyone is committed to achieving outcomes for students.  Aspire provides young educators with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with current topics in education and increase their understanding of the components of a high quality education.  

Aspire teachers say that the program offers an effective introduction to teaching, with many of them going on to pursue careers in education as classroom teachers, as administrators, as leaders.

Summer Teaching Positions--2019

Junior Teachers
 Positions for students currently enrolled in their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school. (11 positions)
Core Academic Teachers
Positions for students currently enrolled in their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of undergraduate study. (12 positions)
Academy Teachers
Positions for graduate students and/or those in their first three years of full-time teaching. (2 positions)
Specialty Teachers & Other Staff
Positions for undergraduates, graduate students and/or those with 0-3 years of full-time teaching. (3 positions)
Directing Teachers
Postions for full-time and veteran educators. (4 positions
Positions for early career and other full-time professional educators. (3 positions)

Shaker Heights, Ohio Girls K-12 Coed Early Childhood

19600 North Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 P: 216.932.4214
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