The OTA Difference

The Oxford Teachers Academy (OTA) is the first of its kind: a 21st century teacher training pipeline designed to build exactly the teachers we need for exactly the communities who need them. Valuable in its own right, this capacity also creates the means to scale the Oxford tutorial method into a widely-adopted gold standard for instruction.

Our mission at Oxford Teachers Academy is to fill rural teacher shortages by enabling local residents to become high-quality, credentialed teachers.

Our Journey

The Oxford Teachers Academy is a new project proposed by Oxford Day Academy, a public charter high school that adapts Oxford tutorials—the University of Oxford’s debate-based learning method—to the public high school setting. Our students spend up to half of their time ‘in the field,’ design-thinking their way through the issues that matter most to them; on campus, they connect these real-world experiences to academic content through socratic debates with other students and staff.

We’ve spent a decade piloting and refining our approach and successfully launched our own school. Now, we are embarking on a partnership with University of Oxford faculty to more effectively train school communities in the tutorial method, and to scale its successes without the time or expense of growing a brick-and-mortar footprint. We will achieve this through a teacher credentialing program that trains the next generation of K-12 teachers in tutorial-based pedagogy and sends them back out into their own communities.

A 21st century teacher training pipeline designed to build exactly the teachers we need for exactly the communities who need them

our vision

Quality. Sustainability. Precision.

Rural students have access to an exceptional education rooted in deeper learning best practices. High capacity rural adults have an affordable pathway to a meaningful profession in their local schools

Quality

In the people we select, the pedagogy we promote, and the training we provide.

Sustainability

Both financially and in terms of local partner and stakeholder buy-in

Precision

In providing the right supports for the right people to fill the exact vacancies in local schools