IDEA’s Founding Teacher Fellowship Program

Learn from the best in preparation for full-time role in a founding region.

About the Program

IDEA’s prestigious Founding Teacher Fellowship is a unique opportunity for individuals who are looking to transform education for children in IDEA’s brand new regions. The one-year fellowship takes place on an award-winning IDEA campus in an existing region where fellows:

  • Gain hands-on teaching experience in IDEA classrooms,
  • Receive mentorship by some of IDEA’s most successful teachers and leaders,
  • Collaborate with a team of Founding Teacher Fellows and leaders to define the vision for IDEA as it grows into new regions,
  • Are guaranteed a full-time lead teaching position in a brand new IDEA school in a founding region, upon successful completion.

A unique fellowship:

Competitive Salaries
Teacher Salary Schedule

Full Health Benefits

Relocation Stipend

Unparalleled Mentorship

Paid Teacher Certification and Master’s Degree

Applications for the Greater Houston and Permian Basin Founding Teacher Fellowship are now open. Hiring will be conducted from January through April.

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IDEA Team & Family Spotlight

“I believe the IDEA Public Schools fits my education experience. We have a whatever it takes philosophy to ensure that students are successful academically and in life.”

Krystal Adams
Founding Teacher Fellow

“Upon learning that IDEA Public Schools was expanding to El Paso, I immediately knew this was an opportunity I could not pass up on. IDEA has demonstrated they have a proven formula that not only gets youths to graduate high school but also continue their education by pursuing a college degree.”

Stephanie Clark
Founding Teacher Fellow

FAQs

What are the founding IDEA regions which IDEA is currently recruiting Founding Teacher Fellows for?

IDEA is currently recruiting Founding Teacher Fellows that will become founding teachers in Houston when the region opens for the 2020-21 school year. Individuals who live or have lived in or near Houston will have priority in the selection process.

Where and when will the Founding Teacher Fellowship take place?

During summer of 2019, fellows will relocate to an existing IDEA region to train and work during the 2019-20 school year in a current IDEA school. Fellows will learn their exact regional and school placement by May of 2019. When the one-year fellowship is completed, fellows will then relocate to Houston as founding teachers and/or leaders for the 2020-21 school year.

Will housing be provided for fellows in the existing IDEA region?

Housing will not be provided for fellows, however relocation stipends of up to $4,000 ($5,000 for families) will be provided to assist in the move. Fellows will be expected to have secured housing by July 1st 2019. Official dates of summer training will be provided in March of 2019.

What will the programming look like for a Founding Teacher Fellow?

Fellows with under two years of lead teaching experience will be co-teachers alongside a highly effective mentor teacher in elementary or middle school grades. Grade and content will be based on availability and fellow preference. These fellows will also participate in the Relay Teaching Residency working towards their Texas teaching certification and Master of Arts in Teaching. The Relay Residency requires weekly evening classes and occasional Saturday school.

Fellows with two or more years of lead teaching experience will be interventionists on an existing IDEA campus. Grade ranges and content will be based on availability and fellow preference. Experienced fellows will also participate in IDEA leadership programming that puts teachers on a track for school leadership.

Will the Founding Teacher Fellowship lead to a guaranteed teaching position with IDEA in the new region?

If requirements of the fellowship are passed, fellows are guaranteed a teaching position in IDEA Greater Houston. School leadership positions such as grade level lead, academic counselor, and assistant principal roles are subject to founding principal discretion.

What Compensation Should Fellows Expect?

Fellows with under two years of lead teaching experience will receive a co-teaching salary of $30,000, a Texas teacher certification, a Master’s of Arts in Teaching, full health benefits, and relocation stipends up to $8,000 ($10,000 for families) to assist in the relocation to and from the placement IDEA region.

Fellows with two or more years’ lead teaching experience will receive a teaching salary based on experience (see jobs.ideapublicschools.org/teachers for more details), full health benefits, and relocation stipends of up to $8,000 ($10,000 for families) to assist in the relocation to and from the placement IDEA region.

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