Summer Teaching Fellowship (2020)

Uncommon Schools

About the organization

Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 53 outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day, with a college graduation rate that is well above the national average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni achieving their dreams.


During the first week, all Fellows across all regions gather for Orientation where they receive professional development from Uncommon leaders, build cohort culture, and connect with peers. Professional development topics include Uncommon 101, Teach Like a Champion techniques, panel discussions on education reform, and much more.

Following Orientation Week, Fellows report to their assigned host schools during the regular school year. There, they meet and check-in with their Mentor Teacher (a current veteran teacher at Uncommon and the Fellow's coach). They will also observe master teachers in action, review lesson plans, continue professional development, and potentially lead individual or small group instruction.

When the regular school year ends and Summer Academy begins, Fellows progress to leading daily instruction for a full class of students in their own classrooms, allowing for direct teaching experience still with the support and guidance of a Mentor. Fellows participate in weekly professional development sessions around teaching taxonomies and receive regular coaching and feedback from their Mentors.


Current standing as an undergraduate college junior expected to graduate in December 2020 or Spring 2021
U.S. citizen or legally eligible to work in the U.S.
Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
Full availability from May 25th to July 31st, 2020
Prior experience working in schools and/or urban communities is preferred but not required
Background or major in education is not required, though candidates should show a demonstrated passion for working with K-12 students
The strongest STF candidates exhibit the following traits:

Strong interest in pursuing a full-time teaching role with Uncommon upon graduation
Demonstrated commitment to social justice and urban education reform
Evidence of openness to feedback, grit, and strong work ethic
High degree of self-reflectiveness, professionalism, and flexibility
Belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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