The SummerTech Leadership Program
SummerTech has designed its teacher development program to be inclusive, challenging, and enormously beneficial to our staff and campers. Most of our teachers come from within our own community through a process of training and experience that makes a difference for the rest of their lives. We invite every SummerTech camper to take on this unique opportunity that has proven results for over two decades.
1:1 Teacher to Student Ratio
You read that right. At SummerTech, each camper learns individually and directly from their instructor. There are no educational packets to follow along with – just pure teaching from teacher to student. You won’t find sponsored software programs here. While our curriculum is stellar, it’s our delivery of it that makes the difference. SummerTech classes are a conversational learning experience that gives you the opportunity to learn faster and more comprehensively.
CITs (Counselor in Training)
As an educational camp whose motto is “Have fun, learn something”, each SummerTech staff member is part counselor and part teacher. Before teaching training starts, we begin with counselor training.
The CIT program is a one-week experience that is available to any camper who has at least completed 9th grade. During your CIT week you will be on a “team” with your fellow CITs to perform a set of tasks, autonomously, to both support and further the SummerTech experience for everyone.
SummerTech Internship and
The goal of the SummerTech Internship and Development Course is to become advanced in your field of choice and gain the knowledge and confidence to become a skilled SummerTech and/or Coditum instructor.
Benefits of the SIDC
- Advancement of Skills
- 45 hours of advanced skills and continuing education in Python, Java, Animation or 3D Modeling
- Communication Skills
- Time management Skills
- Students look up to your expertise
- Nurturing and earning a student’s respect promotes integrity
- Crystallization of knowledge
- Why instead of just How
- Evolving your explanations
Following your school-year internship, your development continues as a Teaching Assistant at SummerTech. Work under the guidance of your Mentor, an expert instructor, who will observe your growth as a teacher and give you feedback every step of the way. Learn to master our teaching system and have the summer of your life working with a talented staff of your peers and making a difference.
A Junior Teacher at SummerTech or Coditum is in development to hone their skills towards becoming a senior teacher.
A Junior teacher at SummerTech is a full camp staff member working under the supervision and guidance of their assigned mentor. Each Junior Teacher works with one or two campers/students weekly in their classes to develop their teaching skills. Junior Teachers receive feedback from their mentors. Junior teachers take part in social activities and are assigned camp duties as any regular staff.
A Senior Teacher is a full member of the SummerTech staff who has completed at least one year of college. Senior Teachers can manage up to three students of varying levels simultaneously. A senior teacher has the following distinctions:
- Assigned up to three students at once who may be at different levels
- Assigned general camp duties
- Develops and teaches electives
- Provided housing and meals
The SummerTech Mentor is a leader amongst the staff. SummerTech Mentors have many hours of teaching experience and are chosen by the SummerTech Directors. A SummerTech Mentor is a full staff member who has all of the Senior Teacher distinctions plus the following:
- Assigned Junior Teachers to supervise and provide feedback
- Assigned a group of campers/students weekly to manage under their mentees
- Responsible for ensuring all campers are served and mentors are completing tasks