The Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) at Fredonia is designed to enhance the preparation of teachers and prospective teachers in addressing the learning needs of students at risk of truancy, academic failure, or dropping out of school. TOC also works to increase the participation rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers.
All TOC participants receive additional training in the teaching of literacy as well as Ruby Payne's Framework for Understanding Poverty (a full 16-hour workshop delivered by a certified trainer). TOC members complete additional field experiences in high need school districts during each year of participation. The program also sponsors the Future Teachers of America Club at Dunkirk High School - a high need local school district with an above average dropout rate.
TOC serves full-time undergraduate/graduate students, or part-time graduate students completing the requirements for provisional/initial or permanent/professional certification.