The Early Career Fellowship

Academy Fellows in action

Teachers begin their careers full of passion, but a depressing 50% don’t make it to year five. The situation is worse for teachers of color, who are already underrepresented in the profession. 

Being part of The Academy for Teachers makes an experienced teacher four times more likely to stay in the profession. With the Early Career Fellowship, we turn our attention to teachers at the beginning of their classroom journeys, when they are most overwhelmed, insecure, and uncertain. 

The Early Career Fellows are promising teachers, and particularly teachers of color, who come together for a year of world-class master classes, workshops, and fun. During the year, they will turn to each other for support, be mentored by Fellows of The Academy for Teachers, and join our larger community of strong and experienced teachers.

In 2021-2022 we have a cohort in English and a cohort in special education. Each cohort will be intimate, with just 18 teachers.

English Cohort Schedule

Welcome Dinner

at Zona de Cuba
Thursday, October 28, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Love, Above All Things

with Jennifer Falú, artist
at Foundation House
Monday, November 1, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Great Poetry-Writing Lessons

with Academy Fellows
Online
Monday, November 8, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Mentoring Session

Online
Monday, November 15, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Improv

with Academy Fellow Elissa Levy
In-Person
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Mentoring Session

Online
Monday, December 20, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Close Reading

with Jeff Nunokawa, Princeton University
Online
Monday, January 10, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Mentoring Session

In-person
Monday, January 24, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Art Workshop

with Academy Fellow Caroline Holder
In-Person
Monday, February 14, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Mentoring Session

Online
Monday, March 7, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Workshop

Online
with Academy Fellows
Monday, March 14, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Master Class

In-Person
with Special Guest
Monday, April 4, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mentoring Session

Online
Monday, April 25, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Workshop

Online
Monday, May 16, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Celebratory Dinner

Thursday, June 2, 2022
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Special Education Cohort Schedule

Welcome Dinner

at Zona de Cuba
Thursday, October 28, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Improv Foundations

with Monique Moses, writer & actor
at Cornell Tech
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Universal Design for Learning Workshop

with Academy Fellows
Online
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Mentoring Session

Online
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Art Workshop

with Academy Fellow Kandice Stewart
In-Person
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Mentoring Session

Online
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Mini Master Class

with Special Guest
Online
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Mentoring Session

In-person
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Taiko Drumming

with Academy Fellow Alan Núñez
In-Person
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Mentoring Session

Online
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Workshop

Online
with Academy Fellows
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Master Class

In-Person
with Special Guest
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Mentoring Session

Online
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Workshop

Online
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Celebratory Dinner

Thursday, June 2, 2022
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tuition for this year-long program is paid by the school—$1,500 for public school teachers and $3,000 for private school teachers.

  • Teachers in K-12 public, charter, and private schools in the New York City metropolitan area.
  • English and special education teachers with one to five years of experience as a full-time teacher.
  • Teachers who demonstrate creativity in the classroom, devotion to students, and promise as a teacher.
  • Any teacher is warmly welcome to apply, but special consideration will be given to teachers of color.

Applications & nominations are closed. The deadline was September 27. Questions? Email rebecca@academyforteachers.org.

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