IDEA’s Founding Teacher Fellowship Program

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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 at one of our brand new Baton Rouge or El Paso schools, upon successful completion.

A unique fellowship:

Competitive Salaries
Teacher Salary Schedule

Full Health Benefits

Relocation and Education Stipend

Unparalleled Mentorship

Extensive Classroom Experience

What we believe in:

Hard Work

Closing the Achievement Gap requires that everyone give 100 percent. Every Day.

Drive

Our goals are ambitious, but we are, too.

Postive Change

Together, we know our vision of College For All Children is possible.

What we're looking for:

Passion

We believe passionate, compassionate teachers make all the difference in the success of our students.

Trailblazers

At IDEA, we want to invest in you. Our professional development and career pathway will allow you to chart your own path.

Diversity

We're looking for teachers from all backgrounds and experience levels. Varied perspectives will allow up to stay innovative and push us to become even better.

FAQs

Where and when will the Founding Teacher Fellowship take place?

During July of 2017, fellows will relocate to either San Antonio or the Rio Grande Valley to work during the 2017-18 school year in a current IDEA school. Fellows will learn their exact regional and school placement in May of 2017. When the one-year fellowship is completed, fellows will then relocate back to either El Paso or Baton Rouge to be founding teachers in a brand new IDEA school for the 2018-19 school year.

Will housing be provided for fellows?

Housing will not be provided for fellows, however relocation reimbursements 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 the start of summer training. Official dates of summer training will be provided in March of 2017.

When are the application deadlines?

There are three priority deadlines for the Founding Teacher Fellowship: November 7, January 2, and February 13. Only 12 fellows will be selected for each of the new IDEA regions, so we highly recommend submitting your application as soon as possible as spaces will be filled on a rolling basis.

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 grades PreK-2nd or in a special education classroom. Grade and content will be based on availability and fellow preference.  All fellows will participate in monthly cohort meetings to build community with future colleagues and leaders who will found IDEA schools in the fellows’ designated new IDEA region.

Fellows with two or more years of lead teaching experience will be lead teachers in grades PreK-2nd, 6th grade, or special education classrooms. Grade 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. All fellows will participate in monthly cohort meetings to build community with future colleagues and leaders who will found IDEA schools in the fellows’ designated new IDEA region.

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 El Paso or Baton Rouge. 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, full health benefits, relocation stipends of up to $8,000 ($10,000 for families) to assist in the relocation to and from El Paso or Baton Rouge, and an educational stipend of $2,500 to put towards certification, graduate school, or repayment of student loans.

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, relocation stipends of up to $8,000 ($10,000 for families) to assist in the relocation to and from El Paso or Baton Rouge, and an educational stipend of $2,500 to put towards certification, graduate school, or repayment of student loans.

Interested in becoming a Founding Teacher Fellow?

Please email Karly Gelardi with the subject line “Founding Teacher Fellowship.”