Inspired Teaching Fellow

Center for Inspired Teaching
Washington, DC
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What if every student had an Inspired Teacher?

The Inspired Teacher Certification Program is rooted in the belief that teachers can be changemakers in their classrooms, schools, and society as a whole. With the right training and commitment, educators have the power to ultimately change schools in our country, ensuring that all children reach their full potential and benefit from engaged-based and student-centered instruction.

Through a year-long residency, Inspired Teaching Fellows learn the skills and dispositions of an Inspired Teacher under the guidance of a lead teacher, arming them with the knowledge and experience necessary for a smooth transition into their teaching career. In their second year, as teachers of record in District of Columbia public schools, Fellows continue to receive intensive classroom mentoring. Fellows pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching at Trinity Washington University during both years of the program.

Key aspects of the program:
– Receive a DC teaching license in early childhood (preK-3rd), or elementary (1st-6th) education, with the option of a dual certification in elementary and inclusive education.
– Experience a residency year that seamlessly connects theory and practice by training in classrooms of lead teachers and learning best practices while immersed in the realities of daily teaching responsibilities.
– Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity Washington University through a customized program of graduate coursework. Fellows on the elementary education track may opt into the Inclusive Elementary program at the end of the residency year, which results in dual certification.
– Benefit from intensive classroom mentoring, which provides constructive feedback, instructional coaching, and personal support.
– Learn to be an Instigator of Thought, teaching students how to think, not what to think. Through Inspired Teaching\’s instructional model, students benefit from an education that is inquiry-based and student-centered.
– Serve as a full-time AmeriCorps member, joining a national network of individuals committed to public service, and access benefits including a financial education award, childcare benefits and student loan deferment.
– Join a network of educational changemakers, and influence the education landscape both inside and outside of the classroom. Work to transform education as a means to achieve social justice by hosting classroom visits, writing for blogs, and presenting at local and national conferences.

What Does It Take to Become an Inspired Teaching Fellow?

Inspired Teaching is interested in attracting 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
•       Holistic, asset-based approach to problem-solving
•       Commitment to self-reflection
•       Respect for teaching as a profession
•       Fit with Inspired Teaching’s mission and values
•       High standards of professionalism
•       The ability to thrive in an urban school environment

Minimum eligibility requirements are as follows:
– Minimum of a bachelor\’s degree; must be conferred by June 30, 2017
– US citizenship or permanent resident status
– Minimum GPA
— 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 the 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.

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.

Additional Information

DEADLINES: January 9th, February 27th