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 in a brand new IDEA school in a founding region, upon successful completion.
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 up to stay innovative and push us to become even better.
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 New Orleans and Tarrant County when the regions open for the 2019-20 school year. Individuals who live or have lived in or near those regions will have priority in the selection process.
Where and when will the Founding Teacher Fellowship take place?
During summer of 2018, fellows will relocate to an existing IDEA region to train and work during the 2018-19 school year in a current IDEA school. Fellows will learn their exact regional and school placement by May of 2018. When the one-year fellowship is completed, fellows will then relocate back to either Tarrant County or New Orleans to be founding teachers and/or leaders for the 2019-20 school year.
Will housing be provided for fellows in the existing IDEA region?
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 2018.
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, 6th grade, 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 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. 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 New Orleans or Tarrant County. 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 the and from the placement IDEA region, as well as signing bonus of $2,500 when the contract is signed for the founding year (2019-20).
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 the placement IDEA region, as well as signing bonus of $2,500 when the contract is signed for the founding year (2019-20).