Become a Fellow
STEP 1: ONLINE APPLICATION
The online application includes basic information, essay responses (with a optional video), and a resume upload. Applicants will respond to three total questions, (400-600 words), either writing 3 short essays or two essays and one video response to an essay. Applicants may choose which of the five statements to respond to in either the essay or video format.
- 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?
- Describe an ideal learning environment. What is happening? What does it look like? Sound like? Feel like?
- In 15 years, what do you expect and/or hope the educational landscape will look like? What current challenges have been addressed, and what new challenges do you anticipate arising?
- 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?
- Describe a time you had to be resilient in your adult life. What did you learn from the experience?
- 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, or Google Drive or Vimeo, 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.
STEP 2: PHONE INTERVIEW
Applicants passing the online application 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.
STEP 3: SELECTION DAY
Inspired Teaching will contact selected applicants for an interview day. Activities will include a personal interview, interactive group activities, and a demonstration lesson.
IF INVITED TO A SELECTION DAY, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
- Two copies 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.
STEP 4: POSSIBLE SCHOOL-BASED INTERVIEWS
Candidates may be interviewed by school leaders from residency partner sites. Selection staff will share notes from selection day with school leaders. School leaders may then select and contact applicants to set up personal interviews. Candidates may be invited to interview with more than one residency partner site, or none at all — neither is an indication of acceptance to the program.
STEP 5: ADMISSION & ENROLLMENT
If selected, Inspired Teaching will contact references and notify applicants of admission to the Inspired Teaching Residency. Inspired Teaching will create a wait list of candidates to whom we cannot offer immediate admission. Admitted applicants will be notified via phone.
Once offered admission into the program, applicants are strongly encouraged to connect with a current Inspired Teaching Fellow. Current Fellows 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 a program orientation to address questions that arise prior to the start of the program for all enrolled Fellows.
The Inspired Teaching Residency attracts passionate, hard-working individuals from all walks of life to become outstanding teachers. Admission is highly selective and is open to recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, early retirees, or others with at least a bachelor’s degree and the personal characteristics that will enable them to advance educational reform.
SPECIFICALLY, WE ARE LOOKING FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO DEMONSTRATE:
- Willingness to embrace teaching the whole child
- Potential for leadership in and beyond the classroom
- A holistic, asset-based approach to problem-solving
- A commitment to self-reflection
- Respect for teaching as a profession
- High standards of professionalism
- The ability to thrive in an urban school environment
MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- A bachelor’s degree; must be conferred before the start of the Summer Institute
- US citizenship or permanent resident status
- If you are a recent college graduate (less than 5 years of work experience): 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR 3.25 in your major area
- If you have more than 5 years of work experience: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
- Consideration may be given for outstanding personal/professional achievement.
Inspired Teaching is committed to building a teacher workforce that reflects the diversity of DC’s student population. As an equal opportunity employer, Inspired Teaching will not discriminate against an individual on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or political affiliation.
APPLICATION DEADLINES & SELECTION DATES
The Inspired Teaching Residency will begin accepting applications for the 2019 cohort of Inspired Teaching Fellows in October.
- November 18, 2018: Deadline #1
- January 6, 2019: Deadline #2
- February 10, 2019: Deadline #3
- March 10, 2019: Deadline #4
- April 7, 2019: Deadline #5
- May 15, 2019: Deadline for passing Praxis Core & Praxis II exams
- July 2019: Summer Institute for 2019 Fellows
All candidates must pass the Praxis exams required by the state education agency to become a certified teacher in the District of Columbia.
PRAXIS CORE ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR EDUCATORS
All admitted applicants must pass the 3 Praxis Core exams prior to beginning the Residency. This year’s deadline is May 15, 2019. This test is offered continuously.
- Praxis Core Reading: Test code 5712
- Praxis Core Writing: Test code 5722
- Praxis Core Mathematics: Test code 5732
PRAXIS II: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION OR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Depending on the track applicants are accepted into, every applicant must take and pass the appropriate Praxis II exam prior to beginning the Residency, with the deadline of May 15, 2019. Please refer to the ETS website listed below to confirm testing windows, as these tests are not offered continuously.
- Praxis II Elementary Education Multiple Subjects: Combined test code 5001 (links as seen here will be links on the website)
- Reading Subtest: Test code 5002
- Mathematics Subtest: Test code 5003
- Social Studies Subtest: Test code 5004
- Science Subtest: Test code 5005
- Praxis II Early Childhood Education: Test code 5025
PRAXIS II: PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING AND TEACHING
This Praxis exam must be passed in January of the Fellowship year. It is required to complete the program and receive the Standard Credential teaching license.
- Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching Grades K-6: Test code 5622
- Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching Early Childhood: Test code 5621
Candidates assume responsibility for all testing fees. Successful completion of all three individual portions of the Praxis Core and Praxis II tests are required in order to begin teaching in a DC public school.
Applicants should have their scores reported directly to Center for Inspired Teaching, ETS code 5119, AND Trinity Washington University, ETS code 5796.
Please visit www.ets.org to register online and for more information about the Praxis exams.
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