Global Gateway for Teachers

Urban Program

Spend 16 weeks as a student teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. This unique program gives you the opportunity to teach in the third-largest school district in the United States. You'll work with teachers who are committed to urban education, to social justice, and to closing the achievement gap.

You'll also live in the same communities as your students, developing a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the cultural and socioeconomic factors that affect student performance. 

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  • What You'll Teach

    You can expect to teach classes in your licensing areas (elementary education, secondary mathematics, visual arts, etc.).

  • Eligibility Requirements

    Participants must meet all the School of Education’s eligibility requirements for student teaching, which include:
      • GPA requirements for your licensure area
      • Completion of all professional course work toward your degree
      • For foreign-language majors, a passing score on the Foreign Language Proficiency exam (usually taken at the end of your junior year)

  • What It Costs

    Students will be responsible for their regular IU tuition, as well as fees related to student teaching and practicum coursework. Students are also responsible for travel and living expenses during their stay.

    Because this is a cultural immersion project—not just an out-of-state student teaching experience—participants are expected to live in the same neighborhood where they teach, even if they have family living in other areas of Chicago. Our Chicago-based collaborators will help you secure a short-term lease near the school where you are assigned to teach.

    Financial aid is available for students who want to take part in the Urban Program. See scholarship opportunities for Global Gateway participants »

  • Meet the Staff

    Laura L. Stachowski is the director of the Global Gateway for Teachers (formerly the Cultural Immersion Projects) at Indiana University, Bloomington. She administers and supervises student teaching placements in 18 countries, on the Navajo Nation, and the Chicago Public Schools. She also coordinates an overseas practicum for experienced teachers. Through the new Global Gateway, Stachowski secures overseas school placements for studuent teachers at partnering universities and colleges around the U.S. Her passion for international education began as a student teacher in England in 1979, after which she worked with the Cultural Immersion Projects through graduate school until finishing her doctorate in 1994 and becoming director in 1995. A faculty member in Curriculum & Instruction, Stachowski writes about, publishes, and presents on cultural immersion in student teaching and the important outcomes and transformative process of such experiences.

    Nancy Boatner is the Implementation Manager for the Global Gateway for Teachers, working closely with the staff and students in all aspects of program operations. She came to Indiana University from the University of Michigan where she worked in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, managing and processing graduate admissions, fellowship accounts, and course scheduling. She served as the department coordinator for the Summer Language Institute and the Eastern Summer Language Consortium. She is currently involved in a community out-reach program and serves as the co-chair of Lotus Blossoms Children's Bazaar which is an organization that provides local fourth grade students multicultural education through interactive performances from artists/educators and hands-on multicultural bazaar.

    Tamara Clark is the Office Manager for the Global Gateway for Teachers, providing administrative support for the Director, Implementation Manager, associate instructors, and the students who participate in the programs. She first came to the University in 1979, beginning in Maxwell Hall, University Division, Office of the Dean, and was the administrative assistant to the Associate Dean for Freshmen Orientation and Registration. She obtained further experience at the University through her employment at the School of Law Career Placement Office, the Police Department, and the Indiana University Foundation. She began her current position with the School of Education in October 2011, totaling 20-plus years of service at Indiana University and the Foundation.

    Heidi Torres is an Associate Instructor for the Urban Program. She is a doctoral student in Curriculum Studies with a minor in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, focusing on elementary social studies and children's literature. She received her BA in Middle Eastern Studies and her BS in Education from the University of Texas, Austin, as well as her MS in Elementary Education from Indiana University. She is a "third culture kid" who has lived in multiple countries in both rural and urban settings and comes to Global Gateway with 16 years of teaching experience in Special and Elementary Education. As a Lilly Fellow, Heidi traveled to Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa to learn about indigenous cultures and geographic places of signficance. More recently, she participated in the Global Gateway's Experienced Teacher Program and taught in a rural school in Scotland. Passionate about multicultural education, particularly related to cross-cultural understanding, her dissertation work focuses on developing cross-cultural understanding and cosmopolitan dispositions in elementary students through social studies.