Teacher Opportunity Corps Grant

In 2016, the Art of Teaching Graduate Program received a five-year grant from New York State’s Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC II grant) to help expand its work in Yonkers Public Schools.

This Teacher Opportunity Corps is a part of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative launched by President Barack Obama in 2014 to help close opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color. The TOC II grant is a natural extension of the mutually beneficial relationship Sarah Lawrence College has with the community of Yonkers. The grant provides vital support and allows the Art of Teaching program to expand the ways it prepares students to teach in disadvantaged communities; the grant also helps the program reach and recruit students from minority and/or low income backgrounds who are New York State residents and help them become teachers. 

Those who qualify for the TOC II grant benefit from support such as:

  • Tuition aid
  • Book stipends
  • Travel and test fee reimbursements
  • Test preparation for the EdTPA

In addition to regular coursework and fieldwork, TOC II grant recipients also participate in a special course called "Teaching for Diversity" and participate in a monthly internship program in a priority/focus school in Yonkers.

To learn more about the TOC II grant and see if you qualify, please contact Kim Ferguson at kferguson@sarahlawrence.edu or 914.395.2372.