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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Wish I read these reviews before I applied"

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    Current Contractor - Summer Teaching Fellow in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at NYC Teaching Fellows for less than a year

    Pros

    A path into DOE, relationship with others in your cohort, the kids, subsidized masters

    Cons

    Where do I start...”coaches” that aren’t really coaches; just there to collect a check, a challenge trying to balance coursework and teaching, hardly time to reflect on what you learned in skill building

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    NYC Teaching Fellows2019-08-09
  2. Helpful (12)

    "Awful."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at NYC Teaching Fellows full-time

    Pros

    The children. Cohort friendships, support and networking.

    Cons

    Very poorly managed program. Grad school classes are not very relevant or helpful. Coaches, Lead instructors can be absolutely fake and horrible. The way they treat some fellows is just sad and pathetic. Sure, they are well educated and have lots of experience but they have no idea how to be a decent human being. No support, you have to figure out a lot on your own. It helps if you have at least some experience before you get yourself into this because there will be little to no support.

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    NYC Teaching Fellows2018-10-28
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Not worth the stress"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at NYC Teaching Fellows full-time

    Pros

    Nothing at all. Cohort relationships that is about it.

    Cons

    Long days sleepless nights little pay lack of preparation pointless extra work terrible coaches who constantly complain about not wanting to be a coach placed in the worst schools possible, no support

    NYC Teaching Fellows2018-10-24
  4. Helpful (10)

    "Teaching Fellow"

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    I worked at NYC Teaching Fellows

    Pros

    You can learn a lot if you apply yourself, go in with an open mind, and desire to work in a NYC school that likely is underserved. Since my fellowship, I have had experience subbing in independent and private schools, and I have found that many of the techniques (especially with respect to behavior management) are really helpful in the classroom, and in fact, you may emerge having a better idea of how to engage students than those who do other paths to teaching. You also join a cohort of educators, and it is wonderful to develop a supportive peer network (and trust me, you will need it!) I learned an immense amount from the Head Instructor who taught us the NYC fellows curriculum in the summer.

    Cons

    There are MANY cons to the program, unfortunately. If you really want to develop as a teacher, you won't be able to do so reflectively, applying your masters' degree coursework in the classroom. You are just trying to stay alive. Being a first year teacher is challenging enough as it is, but to try to do so while taking graduate courses is extremely taxing. Also, the schools that hire fellows are often very, very limited in funds, can be hostile work environments, lacking in administrative support, etc. Many of us are drawn to the program because we truly desire to help make education in the city more equitable, but in my experience, the obstacles present at the hiring schools can be insurmountable. I think there ARE many teachers who emerge from the program with a job at a school that they love, so be smart as you do your job search. Other cons: you don't get to pick the area in which you receive your certification, because the selection process is based upon school need. Also, the pre-service training (which is the summer school intensive training) does not necessarily prepare you for your classroom in the fall. For instance, all of the literacy lesson planning you learn through the Fellows curriculum is actually quite good. However, if you are doing elementary education, or high-school science, it is essentially useless. Therefore, you start your job in the fall without any practical /applicable experience, and can't know how much you like it and/or how well you will do. Also, there is often lack of coordination between the DOE and your graduate school from an administration standpoint, so at times you have to "jump through hoops" to get some of the backend work completely as far as your certification requirements are concerned. Ultimately, if you can afford to go to graduate school and work part/full time in another capacity, you will have a much better outcome.

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    NYC Teaching Fellows2018-02-09
  5. Helpful (16)

    "They Should Teach You Like You're Expected to Teach"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I worked at NYC Teaching Fellows full-time

    Pros

    - Shortened timeline for hiring - The kids are actually a blast... when you make a connection and ignore all of your training. - Having a cohort to go through it all together makes it easier (certainly makes grad school homework easier) but you'll still be offended by half of them.

    Cons

    - The degree isn't actually subsidized for those qualifying for in-state tuition. In fact, you pay for your degree. This is the first of many NYCTF lies. - Very little diversity to match the student population you'll be teaching. It shows. All the time and if you're a POC, you will want to kill yourself during training group share outs hearing some of the self-righteous nonsense. - Zero reliable communication from NYCTF (incorrect and often late, only email - no one answers the phone) - Most unreliable with pay; also, summer fellows (2 months) get paid the same as fall fellows (4 months) - for fall fellows, consider student loans in order to live after starving the first 8 weeks. - The staff hates life. They're sarcastic, rude and completely lack self-awareness (because they fluff each other's egos constantly.) They may love each other but their students definitely hate them, including/especially fellows. My favorite is when they share a life-changing teacher moment that actually just illustrates how biased (sometimes racist) they were/are. - They clearly like to tokenize people throughout the interview process. It's clear. Notice who gets kicked out, you'll have known from day 1. - NO HIRING SUPPORT. They provide a guide that covers so many hypotheticals, it's worthless. Network with other teachers, find out where positions are open, pray. - Zero standards, all subjective feedback. Zero interview questions, they just want to see you copy the video samples they provide (throughout the entire process. I REPEAT: ZERO INTERVIEWS/HOMEWORK, all you do is imitate their teaching clips a minute after viewing). - A lot of subjectivity in grading so just make sure you maintain good relationships because, in the end, that is all that will save you: someone "higher up" vouching for you. - You will not get training in your specific content area. You're given 4 books to read throughout classes. Read them. Teach yourself (like a champion). - Most teaching academy coaches will have zero experience coaching. You'd think because they're teachers they (and NYCTF staff) would be good at teaching but clearly not. They would need lesson plans to have effective conversations. Or a video to copy. Everyone is just trying to mold you after their self so simply pretend they're the best and roll your eyes behind their back. Then move on. [NB: Not all coaches suck).

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    NYC Teaching Fellows2017-12-10
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Demanding and Rewarding Experience"

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    Fellow in Bronx, NY
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    I worked at NYC Teaching Fellows

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues Good Training Elite Feel I was part of cohort 6, and was extremely pleased when I was made my offer. The other Fellows in my cohort were very bright. My school received 6 fellows, and collectively we were able to make a difference in the school. Test scores went up, especially in mathematics. Great program for a liberal arts graduate looking for a fast track into classroom. I made many life long friends with people from my summer training cohort.

    Cons

    Teaching in an inner city school is demanding. The induction and training is excellent, but results in the classroom will depend largely on the individual and school placement. Teaching full time, and going to school at night was difficult, and left little downtime.

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    NYC Teaching Fellows2016-05-28

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