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

Full Health Benefits

Relocation Stipend

Unparalleled Mentorship

Paid Teacher Certification and Master’s Degree

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

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FAQs

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.

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 fAellow 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Where do you see yourself at IDEA?

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Educators

Our instructional teams exemplify our unwavering, organization belief that a college education is possible for all children.

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Leaders

We believe that passionate, disciplined leaders make all the difference in the success of our students and the teams they manage.

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Headquarters

Whether you work at HQ in Weslaco, TX, our offices across IDEA’s regions or remotely, a position on the HQ team is important and rewarding.

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Operations

It takes hundreds of people working hard behind the scenes to make sure that our students, teachers and school leaders are successful.

Open Positions

Please click below to view all current vacancies and for the 2020-21 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.

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