The MTEC AmeriCorps program promotes active citizenship and develops civically responsible teachers. The use of service learning as a teaching strategy is the major component of the program. Service learning makes learning more relevant to students and prepares the next generation to become aware, active and engaged citizens.
In Wisconsin, service learning is defined as “a teaching and learning method which fosters civic responsibility and links classroom learning and applied learning in the communities.” According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the strongest service learning experiences occur when the service is intentionally immersed in ongoing learning and is a natural part of the curriculum that extends to the community. Some of the more interesting projects that MTEC AmeriCorps teachers have conducted include composting school lunches, gardening, anti-bullying campaigns, developing internet safety brochures for parents and peers, and educating peers on the value of education on their financial futures. More information about service learning and its value for teachers and students is available online at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Upon successful completion of the MTEC AmeriCorps requirements, teachers will be eligible for an education award voucher. The education award can be applied to qualified existing education loans and/or can be applied to the cost of tuition at an accredited college/university.
The program is available to currently practicing classroom teachers who teach in a Milwaukee public school. Enrollment preference is given to those participating in an MTEC program. Eligible candidates register for the program in August and September.
I will get things done for America—to make our people safer, smarter and healthier. I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities. Faced with apathy, I will take action. Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground. Faced with adversity, I will persevere. I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond. I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.