Teacher Certification

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Application Process

Inspired Teaching Fellows are selected through a rigorous multi-step selection process designed to give applicants multiple ways to demonstrate what they would contribute as a classroom teacher.

Step 1: Online Application

Step 2: Telephone Interview

Step 3: Selection Day

Step 4: School-Based Interview

Step 5: Admission and Enrollment

Step 1: Online Application

The first step in the application process is an online application that includes basic information, essay responses (including one video), and a resume upload. It is recommended that you draft answers to the essay questions prior to starting the online application, as you must complete the application in one session.

Applicants will respond to three total questions, with two short essays (400-600 words) and one video upload. A third essay will be accepted, in place of the video submission, for applicants who are unable to submit a video response.

Applicants may choose which of the five statements to respond to in either the essay or video format.

Questions:

  1. Center for Inspired Teaching believes an excellent education builds the 4 I’s: Intellect, Inquiry, Imagination, and Integrity. Describe a moment or event in your life that epitomizes one of the 4 I’s. What is the connection? Why does it resonate with you?
  2. Describe an ideal learning environment. What is happening? What does it look like? Sound like? Feel like?
  3. In 15 years, what do you expect the educational landscape to look like? What current challenges have been solved, and what new challenges do you anticipate arising?
  4. Inspired Teaching is dedicated to training teachers who make a long-term commitment to teaching in DC. Why is the prospect of working in an urban environment appealing to you?
  5. Describe a time you had to be resilient in your adult life. What did you learn from the experience?

Video Submission:

  • Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes, and should showcase your personality and enthusiasm, while adequately addressing the chosen essay prompt.
  • Upload your video to YouTube, as an “unlisted” video, and submit the URL enabling Inspired Teaching selectors to view the video.
  • The video does not need to be professionally created; using a computer or smartphone to record the video is perfectly acceptable. Graphics or other video editing techniques can be used, but are not required.

Center for Inspired Teaching is committed to building a teacher workforce that reflects the diversity of DC’s student population. Speakers of languages other than English, and individuals with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to apply; alternative application formats are available upon request.

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Step 2: Telephone Interview

Applicants passing step 1 will be invited to participate in a short telephone interview conducted by an Inspired Teaching staff member.

Applicants will sign up for an interview slot electronically and may be asked to discuss their application with the interviewer. Applicants will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and about our partner schools.

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Step 3: Selection Day

Following telephone interviews, Inspired Teaching will contact selected applicants for an interview day.

Activities will include a personal interview, a demonstration lesson, a problem-solving activity, and an interactive whole-group activity.

If invited to a Selection Day, you will be required to bring the following items:

  • One copy of your official undergraduate transcript
  • Originals and photocopies of documentation proving your citizenship or permanent resident status
  • A clear photograph of yourself that will not be returned


How to prepare for your 5-minute demonstration lesson.

  • Your demonstration lesson should last no longer than five minutes. Choose an activity or skill you can teach a small group of adults, such as using a yo-yo, tying a necktie, or creating an origami figure.
  • As the teacher, you should prepare your sample lesson and materials for a class of 6-8 and expect and plan for some interaction from your ‘students’ – the selectors and other applicants.
  • You should assume no prior knowledge, and keep in mind that the room’s configuration could be a typical classroom set-up or a conference room.

Additional information about selection day will be emailed to candidates upon invitation. Space at selection day is limited and spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Apply early to increase your chances of being invited.

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Step 4: School-Based Interview

After selection day, candidates may be interviewed by school leaders from residency partner sites.

Selection staff will share notes from selection day with school leaders at our residency partner sites. School leaders will then select and contact applicants to set up personal interviews. These interviews, which may be held remotely, will allow residency partner sites to select Fellows that will thrive in their schools. Candidates may be invited to interview at more than one residency partner site.

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Step 5: Admission and Enrollment

If selected, Inspired Teaching will contact references and notify applicants of admission to the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. Inspired Teaching will create a wait list of candidates to whom we cannot offer immediate admission.

Once offered admission into the Inspired Teacher Certification Program, applicants are strongly encouraged to connect with a current Inspired Teaching Fellow and spend the day in their classroom. Current Fellows and their classrooms offer unique insight into the program, helping selected applicants make informed decisions about enrolling in the program. Inspired Teaching staff will also be available to offer guidance and answer specific and individual questions.

After receiving an offer of admission into the program, Inspired Teaching will send a welcome packet explaining the details and next steps necessary for enrollment. Inspired Teaching also hosts an online program orientation to address questions that arise prior to the start of the program for all enrolled Fellows.

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