Who was Frederick Sontag?

Frederick Sontag was a Philosophy professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California who shepherded many wayward students on to graduation.  For more on his life, please Click Here.

 

How is the program structured?

Professional Development & Orientation Celebration for ALL new Sontag Prize Recipients

  • Takes place the weekend before the February and April Acceleration Academies
  • Weekend includes welcome event, keynote address, awards dinner, student performances, professional development sessions, and more

February Acceleration Academy

  • Takes place during February Break (mid to late February)
  • Teachers work with one small group (10-12 students) for the week
  • Typical day is 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

April Acceleration Academy

  • Takes place during Spring Break (mid April)
  • Teachers work with one small group (10-12 students) for the week
  • Typical day is 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 

How do I get to my teaching site?  

Local school teachers are expected to get to their teaching sites on their own.  School districts will arrange shuttle transportation to and from host schools for teachers from outside the area who are staying in hotels.

 

How long do I teach each day?

Teachers have about 5-6 hours of instructional time each day and are given a planning period as well as time off for lunch.  The day resembles a typical school day with the exception that teachers work with the same small group of students exclusively.

 

What does my teaching space look like?

You will teach in the same classroom for the entire week.

 

Is there a fixed curriculum?

No, since this award recognizes outstanding teachers, we trust you to decide how best to teach.  With that said, we will provide specific data on your students that can help guide your instruction.