Teach at IDEA Public Schools
At IDEA you’ll have the support and resources to do your best work.Apply Now
What we believe in:
Closing the Achievement Gap requires that everyone give 100 percent. Every Day.
Our goals are ambitious, but we are, too.
Together, we know our vision of College For All Children is possible.
What we're looking for:
We believe passionate, compassionate teachers make all the difference in the success of our students.
At IDEA, we want to invest in you. Our professional development and career pathway will allow you to chart your own path.
We're looking for teachers from all backgrounds and experience levels. Varied perspectives will allow us to stay innovative and push us to become even better.
At IDEA, we want you to grow professionally.
Teacher Career Pathway
Excellent teachers are the key to realizing our promise to students. The Teacher Career Pathway was created to make IDEA a place where teachers feel valued for their invaluable role in our movement to send all students to and through college. As teachers are promoted up the pathway, they receive increased professional development, influence, recognition, and compensation.
Here's what current IDEA team members have to say:
“I was an IDEA student and knew that when I graduated from college, nothing would fulfil me more than returning as a teacher. I am proof that IDEA is changing students’ lives.”
Pre-AP Humanities, IDEA College Prep Donna
“My students are driven and that drives me. They’re ready to come to class and focus on the end goal: college. I’m focused, too.”
AP English Literature, IDEA College Prep San Juan
Fill out our online application thoroughly for your best chance of selection.
Phone/Video Interview *
Our process is differentiated based on the position for which you’ve applied as well as your background and experiences.
An in-person interview will be scheduled. Sample lessons, Q&A, and possible school tour will be included.
A successful in-person interview results in an offer letter.
If you accept the offer, pending a background check and the co-sign of the HR department, you’re hired!
* Additional Content Assessment (select positions only): For some positions requiring highly specialized content knowledge, candidates may be asked to complete a content assessment. This may occur prior to the final interview, or as a part of the final interview.
Our application will launch on Monday, October 9th. We have four application deadlines throughout the year, and when you apply will determine when you move through our process. Although our application remains open all year long, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to maximize your opportunity to receive an offer at IDEA!
|Steps||First Deadline||Second Deadline||Third Deadline||Fourth Deadline|
|Apply Online||Nov. 13, 2017||Jan. 16, 2018||Mar. 19, 2018||Apr. 23, 2018|
|Learn if you’re invited to a video
and/or phone interview
|Nov. 17, 2017||Jan. 22, 2018||Mar. 26, 2018||Apr. 30, 2018|
|Complete your video
and/or phone interview *
|Nov. 20 - Dec. 15, 2017||Jan. 23 - Feb. 9, 2018||Mar. 27 - Apr. 13, 2018||Apr. 31 - May 18, 2018|
|Learn if you’re invited
to a final interview
|Dec. 18, 2017||Feb. 12, 2018||Apr. 16, 2018||May 21, 2018|
|Final Interviews **||Jan. 15 - Feb. 9, 2018||Feb. 16 - Mar. 9, 2018||Apr. 16 - May 4, 2018||May 28 - Jun. 15, 2018|
* You will have 3-5 days to complete your interview after receiving your invitation.
** You will have 3-5 days to complete your interview after receiving your invitation. However, some applicants may wait longer depending on our vacancies.
Please click the links below to view all instructional job applications by region for the 2018-19 school year. Within the application you can indicate if you want to be considered for the current school year as well. These positions will be updated weekly. We recommend reading each job description carefully to ensure you are applying for the role you are best suited for.
Can I apply to work at a specific campus?
We do our best to accommodate campus preferences, but cannot guarantee placement at a specific campus.
Do I need to already be certified in Texas and Louisiana to teach at IDEA?
No, unless you’re applying to teach special education. However, certification can strengthen your application.
Do years of experience at other districts count towards steps at IDEA?
Yes, of course. Salaries increase with every full year of lead teaching experience an individual has.
Can my kids come to IDEA?
Absolutely! IDEA encourages all of its staff to enroll their children at IDEA. You will get automatic placement at an IDEA school and your child will not have to be selected in the blind lottery.
Do teachers contribute to retirement accounts?
Yes! In Texas, all full-time staff are automatically enrolled in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and currently contribute 7.7% of wages. In Louisiana, we offer a 403(b) that staff members may contribute to.
At IDEA we can make real change happen.Apply Now
Do you still have questions?
Our recruitment team has the answers. Fill out the interest form below and let’s talk.