DC Teaching Fellows is a highly selective program that trains accomplished professionals and recent college graduates to become high-impact teachers in schools serving high-need students throughout the D.C. area. As a Fellow, you will begin making a difference for D.C. public school students right away, joining a network of dynamic teachers working to end a legacy of educational inequality in the nation's capitol.
Last year, fewer than half of D.C. public school students were reading or doing math on grade level. Teachers, who have a greater impact on student learning than any other school factor, have the power to change their chances. But too often, our highest-need schools struggle to attract and retain teachers that are capable of helping students who have fallen behind catch up, particularly in critical-shortage subjects. We are transforming this reality by recruiting and preparing teachers capable of improving student achievement to make a career in D.C. public schools. Watch our recent Information Session for comprehensive details about the program, or learn how you can be part of this change.
While there is no single profile of an ideal candidate, the program is highly competitive because every student deserves outstanding teachers. Fellows may be experienced professionals who are looking to make a career change, or they may be recent college graduates ready to put their academic expertise to work for D.C. children. Regardless of background, we seek candidates who believe that all students can succeed in school and who are ready to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. Learn what we look for in our Fellows.
If selected into the program, you will participate in intensive Pre-Service Training that includes field experience and practical strategies to help all students make academic progress. Once you begin teaching, you will complete certification coursework throughTNTP Academy. Throughout your training, you will benefit from a rigorous, classroom-centered curriculum designed specifically to prepare teachers working with high-need students.
DC Teaching Fellows is a partnership between D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and TNTP, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. Founded by teachers in 1997, TNTP partners with school districts and states to implement scalable responses to their most acute teacher quality challenges. Since its inception, TNTP has trained or hired approximately 43,000 teachers, benefiting an estimated 7 million students nationwide. It has established more than 75 programs and initiatives in 31 states and published four seminal studies on urban teacher hiring and school staffing.