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Fostering Knowledge,\r\nVirtue & Liberty in\r\nAmerica’s Classrooms

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A teacher equipped with the right tools is the key to our students’ success

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\r\n\r\nThe American Teacher Initiative recruits and trains individuals to become teachers who will reintroduce America’s founding principles, responsibility and virtue to our classrooms.\r\n\r\nOur teachers will help make our classrooms places where students grow academically, learn the principles of self-governance, and develop the virtues needed to sustain a free society.\r\n
\r\nWhen our Founding Fathers declared their intent to create a self-governing nation free from the whims of tyrants, they believed that the success of their new republic rested largely on the ability of educators to help develop thoughtful and virtuous people.\r\n
\r\nIn 1779, Congressman Samuel Adams wrote that “if virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.” He believed education would be a balance against power and wealth. To that end, Adams advocated for high quality, character-driven instruction that would help promote freedom and the general welfare of the nation across the country.

At the American Teacher Initiative (ATI), we believe this principle holds true today. If we are to promote freedom and virtue, we need teachers who are prepared to provide quality instruction while developing thoughtful, responsible, and virtuous citizens.

Our goal is to find, train, and place these teachers who support this mission in classrooms. We are currently focused on Texas and Arkansas and plan to expand our reach as new regional partners join our Initiative.

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The Vision of the American Teacher Initiative

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The goal of the American Teacher Initiative is to create a renewed focus in our classrooms on the principles of self-government and the virtues required for a free society while developing future education leaders and advocates.

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How we put our vision into action

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At the American Teacher Initiative, we recruit, train, and place principled, caring, and capable teachers in classrooms across our country where they will provide quality academic instruction and encourage students to be insightful, responsible, and virtuous citizens necessary for a free society. In their second year, ATI teachers will have the option to participate in leadership programs to prepare to take on greater responsibilities at their schools.

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What we value

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1. Thoughtful people\r\nWe look for people who grasp the principles of self-governance, equality under the law, natural law, individual property rights, limited government, and the necessity of education for the development of virtue; they also understand current challenges to free and open societies, and have the necessary skillset to address them.\r\n2. Individual responsibility\r\nBy this we mean that individuals understand themselves as members of a community and possess a sense of duty to provide for the good of the community and promote its general well-being.\r\n3. Virtue\r\nNo community can be free without the development of virtuous citizens. Those traits include: self-control, fortitude, wisdom, justice, integrity, perseverance, compassion, honesty, charity, prudence, loyalty, and patience.

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Our Commitment

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Program participants will be:\r\n

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    • Trained: philosophical orientation, teaching methodology, and classroom management

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    • Placed: to a school, district or network for a two-year minimum term

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    • Supported: through emergency certification if not meeting highly qualified status

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    • Mentored: throughout Year One

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    • Developed: offered leadership training or advanced education in Year Two through partners

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    • Connected: encouraged to participate in alumni services

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