Summer Teaching Fellowship 2021 Application -- Brooklyn (NYC)

  • New York, NY
  • Intern
  • Hiring Start Time: May 2021 (STF Only)

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 55 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.

Job Description

The Summer Teaching Fellowship (STF) is a paid teacher preparation program designed for rising college seniors who are committed to pursuing a career in education. Fellows gain the experience and support vital to develop, grow, and enhance their instructional skills. After spending time observing, learning, and leading instruction, many Fellows receive and accept full-time offers to teach at Uncommon upon graduation.

STF is currently offered in Boston (MA), Newark (NJ), Camden (NJ), Brooklyn (NYC), and Troy (NY) and serves students in grades K-12. The Elementary School (K-4) and Middle School (5-8) program is 7 weeks long, while the High School (9-12) program is 9-10 weeks long. Candidates will indicate their preference of region and grade level on the application. Please note that positions in preferred geographic locations and grade levels may not always be available due to varied capacity and size of each region. While our Summer Teaching Fellowship is traditionally done on-site at select schools, the COVID-19 pandemic has moved us to a virtual program. Information about STF 2021 will be announced as we finalize what the program will look like next summer.  

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. 

Following Orientation Week, Fellows 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.

Fellows progress to leading daily instruction for 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 2021 or Spring 2022
  • U.S. citizen or legally eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Full availability from May 24th to July 30th, 2021
  • 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
  • Open to feedback and ability to implement it; Grit and a strong work ethic
  • High degree of self-reflectiveness, professionalism, and flexibility
  • Believe in and aligned with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy

Additional Information


  • Stipend of $500 per week (subject to all payroll taxes and fees)

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a hardworking team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.


All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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