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5580 / National Teaching Fellowship
Citizen Schools

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As an AmeriCorps National Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools, you’ll change the lives of middle school students. You’ll serve as a member of a diverse team of caring adults dedicated to transforming the school day for middle school students in low income communities. We do this by adding three hours to the end of the school day during which students receive additional instruction in math or language arts, complete homework in structured sessions and participate in hands-on apprenticeships taught by volunteer professionals from the community.

As a National Teaching Fellow you will be performing an extraordinary act of citizenship helping the nation to address one of its greatest challenges; educating our youth in ways that promote self belief, college readiness and the skills needed to achieve their dreams. It is an opportunity that leads to a better future for students, yet also holds rich benefits for those willing to dedicate two years of their life to national service through AmeriCorps. That’s why we call the opportunity: Teach, Serve, Grow.

All National Teaching Fellow positions begin in July 2014 with Summer Institute, an intensive training program during which you will learn the skills needed to successfully work in low income schools and deliver high quality instruction to students.


Deliver hands-on, engaging curriculum in Math and/or English Language Arts
Partner with first shift teachers and families to support student academic and personal growth
Inspire students to set and achieve ambitious goals, and hold students to consistently high expectations
Monitor and use student learning data to inform instructional/ program decisions
Prepare students for college by cementing college-to-career-connections
Motivate students to attain the knowledge, skills, and beliefs to achieve personal goals
Explicitly communicate the idea that hard work + opportunity = success

Act as a liaison and advocate for students in the school community
Communicate regularly with families to discuss student progress and program updates
Partner with volunteers from businesses, nonprofits, universities, & other local organizations to create relevant, real-world learning experiences for students
Create and reinforce a culture of achievement
Build lasting relationships with students, families, and volunteers that increase the school’s impact in the community
Create opportunities for students that strengthen the connection between academic success, college, and career

Be challenged by diverse professional experiences at school, in the regional office, and with partner organizations
Serve in a professional role on campus, in the regional office, or with a partner organization
Plan, execute and participate in a variety of school and regional events.
Network with professionals in every major sector, including tech, law, finance, and higher education
Collect and analyze data and put data to action
Operate in an entrepreneurial environment with access to campus, regional, and national leadership
Give and receive feedback, strengthening personal and professional skills
Grow cultural competencies through the opportunity to work as part of a diverse professional and school community
It takes a special person to work in education reform and to meet the challenges of today’s schools. Before applying, please consider the following qualifications, skills and experiences that we have found lead to success as a Teaching Fellow. No one candidate will meet every criteria; however, it is a good exercise to review the list in advance of submitting your application to ensure you believe you have "what it takes" to support middle school students discover and achieve their dreams.

Successful applicants will possess a range of attributes, including (but not limited to):

Knowledge of and commitment to the Citizen Schools’ mission
Passion for changing the lives of middle schools students
Strong Academic skills in Math and English (Bachelor’s Degree required)
Ability to coach and mentor others
Ability to solicit and receive adjusting feedback
Commitment to teamwork and collaboration with colleagues from diverse backgrounds
Desire to work with middle schools students and their families in low income communities
Ability to build relationships and influence students, colleagues, and community members
Outstanding communication skills
Strong detail orientation, time management, and organization skills
Demonstrated leadership ability
Bachelor’s Degree required
Embodiment of Citizen Schools’ values: Pride, Joy, Respect, Courage, Teamwork, Perseverance, and Vision

Teaching Fellows also have access to benefits available to those in service with AmeriCorps, including the $5,645 Segal Education Award for each successfully completed year of service, loan forbearance, child care benefits, when applicable and a national support network of members and alumni.

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Fellowship/Scholarship, Full-Time