The strength of the C.U.R.E. program lies in the good work that our alumni are doing in urban schools across New York state. For the past 12 years, the C.U.R.E. program has been preparing highly qualified urban educators who demonstrate passion and commitment for teaching in challenging schools. Testimonials from recent graduates speak to the strong preparation that C.U.R.E. provides:
What C.U.R.E. did for me was allow me to realize what to expect and how to approach certain aspects that are unique to urban education. They take what you learn in your education classes and then they throw reality at you. They give you a good idea of what it’s going to be like, but not in a missionary sort of way, but a very realistic way that focused not only on the challenges urban students face, but also on their unique strengths – Suzanne Holzer, history teacher, Bronx, N.Y.
Our alumni are becoming leaders in the field, accepting roles as assistant principals in the Syracuse City School District and impressing principals in urban schools. One principal praised a C.U.R.E. graduate teaching in Queens with these words:
I was pleasantly surprised at how prepared [the teacher] was to assume the responsibilities of this environment, both behaviorally and instructionally. I would go so far as to say that [the teacher] was better prepared than her counterparts that we’ve hired from other programs, and we’d be very interested in hiring more graduates of the C.U.R.E program.
We are always looking for alumni to help our current students understand what it means to teach in an urban school. There are many ways for you to make C.U.R.E. a better program, including: