DC Public Schools - Urban Education Leaders Internship Program (UELIP)

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The DCPS Urban Education Leaders Internship Program (UELIP for short) isn’t your average internship. The program provides upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates with the opportunity to participate in mission-critical projects and support DCPS’ mission to be the first urban school district to close the achievement gap. UELIPs come from top-tier universities (check out past UELIPS) to be part of the most innovative district in the country and to gain real world experience in the education sector. UELIP Associates also participate in a variety of cohort activities designed to expose them to key issues in education reform, develop them professionally, and expand their professional networks. We are looking for highly motivated, highly skilled talent, from all disciplines who are serious about making changes in the DC public schools Central Office and making a difference in the lives of over 46,000 public school students, principals, teachers, and central office employees. Internships are available throughout the academic school year and summer. For more information about the program and how to apply, visit http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/uelip or email us at [email protected]

Mission: We recruit, develop, and engage emerging leaders in mission-critical work to ensure all students in DC Public Schools receive a world-class education.

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Read Amie Littman's (Summer '17 UELIP) take on fiction and Common Core. "When students come into contact with fictional ...
08/07/2017
In Defense of Reading Fiction

Read Amie Littman's (Summer '17 UELIP) take on fiction and Common Core.

"When students come into contact with fictional characters, they are able to expand their experiences beyond what they happen to come into contact with in their daily lives. They are able to break from their own personal bubbles and broaden their understandings of different cultures or life experiences."

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https://uelip.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/in-defense-of-reading-fiction/

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this essay belong to the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of DCPS. By Amie Littman, Summer ’17 UELIP Recently, there has been a dramatic shi…

Read more about Ruby's work, inspired by her teaching experience with Breakthrough Collaborative.
08/04/2017
Meet Ruby Miller-Gootnick, Summer ’17 UELIP

Read more about Ruby's work, inspired by her teaching experience with Breakthrough Collaborative.

By Kyle Hietala DCPS Office: Office of Instructional Practice, LEAP Innovation and Design Team Education: Brown University Program of Study/Major: Education and History of Education Hometown: Washi…

“I used to always have a plan, but I don’t even know know what I’m doing tomorrow. Life is full of detours, and you don’...
08/02/2017
Meet Saherah Khan, Summer ’17 UELIP

“I used to always have a plan, but I don’t even know know what I’m doing tomorrow. Life is full of detours, and you don’t always need to have a plan.” - Saherah Khan, Summer '17 UELIP

https://uelip.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/meet-saherah-khan-summer-17-uelip/

By Kyle Hietala DCPS Office: Chief of Schools, School Turnaround and Performance Education: Rising Senior at Virginia Tech Program of Study/Major: Public Policy and Business Management Hometown: Ar…

"The UELIP program combines my love of D.C. with my desire to learn more about what it takes to provide children with a ...
07/28/2017
Meet Carrie Grace Henderson, Summer ’17 UELIP

"The UELIP program combines my love of D.C. with my desire to learn more about what it takes to provide children with a quality education." - Carrie Grace Henderson, Summer '17 UELIP

DCPS Office: Office of College and Career Programs Education: Rising Senior at LSU Program of Study/Major: Mass Communication and History Hometown: Orange, Texas The UELIP program combines my love …

"It is great to be proficient in one subject, but I feel much more confident in myself knowing that I was able to learn ...
07/27/2017
Meet Tessa Dean, Summer ’17 UELIP

"It is great to be proficient in one subject, but I feel much more confident in myself knowing that I was able to learn something that I am generally not comfortable with. Although my bubble is comfortable, it is an enriching experience to step outside and see what opportunities there are for me." - Tessa Dean

DCPS Office: Office of Chief of Schools, Student Academic and Athletic Support Education: Rising Senior at Virginia Tech Program of Study/Major: Psychology and Philosophy; Minor in Integrated Philo…

"I have learned how passionate I am about programs like Turnaround Arts, which take the arts and use it to transform sch...
07/20/2017
Meet Ashley Kitchelt, Summer ’17 UELIP

"I have learned how passionate I am about programs like Turnaround Arts, which take the arts and use it to transform schools into better and more successful learning environments. I love programs that use the arts as tools for transformation. And Michelle Obama started the Turnaround Arts program!" - Ashley Kitchelt, Summer '17 UELIP

DCPS Office: Office of Teaching and Learning, Inner Core Education: Rising Senior at University of Maryland Program of Study/Major: Music Education and Vocal Performance Hometown: Easton, Maryland …

"The first few minutes of a response to a “why?” question aren’t usually the most meaningful. It’s in the latter minutes...
07/19/2017

"The first few minutes of a response to a “why?” question aren’t usually the most meaningful. It’s in the latter minutes, when the rehearsed responses have been exhausted, when the doubts and hesitations have been overcome, and the comfort of predictability has been left behind that the good stuff really comes out. And this is the stuff of good stories."

- Kyle Hietala, UELIP Wordpress Editor

Read more: https://uelip.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/telling-stories-and-asking-why/

Essam found inspiration for a career in teaching from doing Taekwando as a kid. Even though he’s a 2nd degree black belt...
07/19/2017
Meet Essam LaBoone, Summer ’17 UELIP

Essam found inspiration for a career in teaching from doing Taekwando as a kid. Even though he’s a 2nd degree black belt, he thinks the beauty of the martial art is that “it doesn’t matter what belt you have in terms of teaching.” That’s because “if you have a yellow belt or above, you have to teach the lower belts.” This experience and philosophy of teaching has shaped Essam’s own views. “You get a sense of helping people combat challenges, which strengthens your own understanding of content,” he said. His favorite thing about teaching, and what he hopes to do for his future students, is to guide them to the “OH, AHA!” moments of realization, when something just “clicks.”

Learn more: https://uelip.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/meet-essam-laboone-summer-17-uelip/

DCPS Office: Office of Talent and Culture, Teacher Recruitment and Selection Education: Rising Sophomore at North Carolina Central Uni…

"How can we live in a world with de facto segregated schools over 60 years after Brown v. Board?"Read more about Nicole ...
07/17/2017

"How can we live in a world with de facto segregated schools over 60 years after Brown v. Board?"

Read more about Nicole Felmus: uelip.wordpress.com

"I have enjoyed experiencing how the work that I am doing will impact students in the district. The curriculum that I am...
07/13/2017

"I have enjoyed experiencing how the work that I am doing will impact students in the district. The curriculum that I am working on will directly affect students in the district and the content that they learn next year."

Learn more about Connor and his work: https://uelip.wordpress.com/

"I spend a lot of time coding--I never knew anything about coding before this, and I am beginning to get a strong unders...
07/07/2017

"I spend a lot of time coding--I never knew anything about coding before this, and I am beginning to get a strong understanding of it. I'm really proud of how much my technological skills have increased in my short time with DCPS." - Lizzy Koons, Summer '17 UELIP

Learn more about Lizzy and her work: https://uelip.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/meet-elizabeth-koons-summer-17-uelip/

By Julia Thompson Thursday, June 29th, 2017 marked the first ever summer UELIP lunch event for this year, organized by t...
07/06/2017
UELIP Lunch Social

By Julia Thompson Thursday, June 29th, 2017 marked the first ever summer UELIP lunch event for this year, organized by the Social Events Committee. Upon arrival, interns were greeted with cookies, fruit, and conversation. Members of the Social Events Committee gave icebreaker questions to start conversations, such as “What school are you from? What would you like to do in DC before the summer is over?” Why did you become a UELIP?” and “What is your project?” UELIPs also socialized with each other in a (platonic) 'speed-dating' activity. [ 46 more words ]

https://uelip.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/uelip-lunch-social/

By Julia Thompson Thursday, June 29th, 2017 marked the first ever summer UELIP lunch event for this year, organized by the Social Events Committee. Upon arrival, interns were greeted with cookies, …

"I have had the opportunity to see what the classroom looks like from a teacher’s perspective, but wanted to find out wh...
07/05/2017
Meet Mackenzie Territo, Summer ’17 UELIP

"I have had the opportunity to see what the classroom looks like from a teacher’s perspective, but wanted to find out what it looked like through an administrative lens."

DCPS Office: Office of Teaching and Learning, World Languages Education: Rising Junior at American University Program of Study/Major: International Development Hometown: Detroit, Michigan After vol…

DCPS Office: Office of Teaching and Learning, Advanced and Enriched Instruction Education: Rising Senior at Appalachian ...
07/03/2017
Meet Sarah Aldridge, Summer ’17 UELIP

DCPS Office: Office of Teaching and Learning, Advanced and Enriched Instruction Education: Rising Senior at Appalachian State University Program of Study/Major: Political Science Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina I chose to be a part of the UELIP program because I wanted to supplement my educational and policy experiences with a strong understanding of the work it takes at the local level to make our schools run efficiently and equitably. [ 469 more words ]

https://uelip.wordpress.com/2017/07/03/meet-sarah-aldridge-summer-17-uelip/

DCPS Office: Office of Teaching and Learning, Advanced and Enriched Instruction Education: Rising Senior at Appalachian State University Program of Study/Major: Political Science Hometown: Charlott…

"Unexpectedly, I picked up a neat classroom management trick: if a student is misbehaving and needs to be sent out of cl...
06/28/2017

"Unexpectedly, I picked up a neat classroom management trick: if a student is misbehaving and needs to be sent out of class, there is a teacher who sends them out into the hallway with an ice cube in a container to ‘chill out’. The student is then allowed back into the classroom when the ice cube has melted, which gives them time to reflect on their behavior. I might use that trick, because after graduation next May, I’m planning on joining the Teach for America Corps and teaching for a few years." - Christina Dedrick, Summer '17 UELIP

Read more about Christina and her work: https://uelip.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/meet-christina-dedrick-summer-17-uelip/

DCPS Office: Office of Teaching and Learning Education: Rising Senior at American University Program of Study/Major: Psy...
06/28/2017
Meet Christina Dedrick, Summer ’17 UELIP

DCPS Office: Office of Teaching and Learning Education: Rising Senior at American University Program of Study/Major: Psychology & Educatiom Hometown: Belle Mead, New Jersey I've really started to gather a huge passion for education, but hadn't had much practical experience outside of the classroom. Going into this summer, I really wanted to immerse myself in a school environment and learn about how DCPS functions, especially because I want to teach one day! [ 325 more words ]

https://uelip.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/meet-christina-dedrick-summer-17-uelip/

DCPS Office: Office of Teaching and Learning Education: Rising Senior at American University Program of Study/Major: Psychology & Educatiom Hometown: Belle Mead, New Jersey I’ve really st…

UELIPs work hard in the summer and work hard in the school year. Here's a look at where the Summer '17 cohort studies:
06/23/2017

UELIPs work hard in the summer and work hard in the school year. Here's a look at where the Summer '17 cohort studies:

Today marks the last day of the Summer 2016 UELIP Cohort! UELIPs as you get ready to finish your last day at DCPS, read ...
08/12/2016
Jeff Terziev: Spring and Summer 2013 Cohorts

Today marks the last day of the Summer 2016 UELIP Cohort!

UELIPs as you get ready to finish your last day at DCPS, read what UELIP Alum Jeff had to say about his experience!

https://uelip.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/jeff-terziev-spring-and-summer-2013-cohorts/

What is your name and alma mater? Which UELIP cohort were you a part of? My name is Jeff Terziev. I studied Political Science at the University of Miami before getting my Masters of Public Policy a…

“I spent my summer learning about the Non-Public Unit, which oversees over 600 DCPS students enrolled in private schools...
08/12/2016

“I spent my summer learning about the Non-Public Unit, which oversees over 600 DCPS students enrolled in private schools because that is what is considered their “least restrictive environment.” I personally worked on a handful of projects these last nine weeks, which ranged from database management and analytics, to streamlining business processes related to school monitoring and student progress, and creating visual representations of school compliance.” -Tithi Patel

“This summer, I’m working on the Career Education team developing a resource guide to improve quality and implementation for career and technical education (CTE) programs across our DCPS high schools. All of our CTE programs equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary and beyond. The guide will help Central Office communicate its expectations, priorities, and resources to all of our stakeholders. Working with administrators and teachers has given me a great opportunity to understand the needs of our schools and how to best support them.” -Kenton Shimozaki

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Tithi Patel is a UELIP Associate in the Office of Teaching and Learning. Kenton Shimozaki is a UELIP Associate in the Office of College and Career. Together, they organized this summer’s “Day in the Life” posts.

Thank you Kenton and Tithi!

Meet Anna Wickham, a current student at University of Virginia, who  has a pretty cool fun fact to share!https://uelip.w...
08/08/2016
Meet Anna Wickham

Meet Anna Wickham, a current student at University of Virginia, who has a pretty cool fun fact to share!

https://uelip.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/meet-anna-wickham/

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia What University do you attend? Undergrad/Grad? University of Virginia Why did you choose DCPS? I study education policy and want to work for a large, urban school distric…

Meet Zack Tripp, a recent graduate from Tufts University. He will be starting a Master's program at Vanderbilt in the fa...
08/08/2016
Meet Zack Tripp

Meet Zack Tripp, a recent graduate from Tufts University. He will be starting a Master's program at Vanderbilt in the fall!

https://uelip.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/meet-zack-tripp/

Hometown: Land O’ Lakes, FL What University do you attend? Undergrad/Grad? I just finished at my undergrad at Tufts University a few months ago, and I will be starting a Master’s progra…

“I am the Communications and Community Outreach Intern for the Out of School Time Programs (OSTP) team. I run the team’s...
08/04/2016

“I am the Communications and Community Outreach Intern for the Out of School Time Programs (OSTP) team. I run the team’s Twitter profile with the intent to emphasis the positive impact of afterschool and summer school programs. I have visited a few summer school sites and have met so many DCPS students who enjoy the summer learning opportunities. Follow the OSTP twitter account (@OSTP_DCPS) to learn more about the summer learning opportunities in the District.”

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Laini Boyd is a UELIP Associate in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.

“I support  Kelly Miller, Johnson, and Hart Middle Schools in their transitions to becoming schools with an Extended Sch...
08/04/2016

“I support Kelly Miller, Johnson, and Hart Middle Schools in their transitions to becoming schools with an Extended School Year. This support varies between the three schools, and each principal determines the greatest need at their respective school. As such, my projects have a broad range and include revising the rubric for teacher commitment to school community, supporting professional development, updating handbooks and websites, creating student data trackers, and developing curriculum for a new advisory period that will serve as a culture camp for students. I am definitely juggling a lot of projects, and I am in a different place practically everyday. I love it, though, because it keeps me on my toes!”

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Brennan Steele is a UELIP Associate working directly with schools.

“I work on the daily operations that are involved with the creation of DC’s first all-male public school, Ron Brown Coll...
08/04/2016

“I work on the daily operations that are involved with the creation of DC’s first all-male public school, Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. I am tasked with forming the curriculum template, applications, and recruitment vehicles for the school’s first mentorship program. On a technical level, I’ve learned the importance of researching and being open to pivots when creating an entirely new program. On a more personal level, within my short time here at DCPS, I’ve had the opportunity to get a rare glimpse into some of the methodological processes a school system must go through in order to create an entirely new school. In addition, having the opportunity to interact with the staff members of RBCPHS has been eye-opening because not only do I get to see what type of individuals are spearheading this groundbreaking initiative, but I also gain invaluable insight from each and every one of them.”

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Adrian Abrams is a UELIP Associate in the Office of Family and Public Engagement.

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