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.

The deadline is September 27.

  • 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.
Thursday, October 28Welcome Dinner
In person, after school
Week of November 1All-day Master Class
In person, during school
Week of November 875-minute Workshop with Academy Fellows
Online, after school
Week of November 1560-minute Mentoring Session
Online, after school
Week of December 1390-minute Creative Workshop
In person, after school
Week of December 2060-minute Mentoring Session
Online, after school
Week of January 1090-minute Mini Master Class
Online, after school
Week of January 2460-minute Mentoring Session
In person, after school
Week of February 1475-minute Fun Activity
In person, after school
Week of March 760-minute Mentoring Session
Online, after school
Week of March 1475-minute Workshop with Academy Fellows
Online, after school
Week of April 4All-day Master Class
In person, during school
Week of April 2560-minute Mentoring Session
Online, after school
Week of May 1675-minute Workshop with Academy Fellows
Online, after school
Week of June 2End of Year Celebration Dinner
In person, after school

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


Apply or nominate here. The deadline is September 27. Questions? Email rebecca@academyforteachers.org.

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