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Uncommon Schools Summer Teaching Fellowship Uncommon Schools Summer Teaching Fellowship

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Begin your career in education reform as a Summer Teaching Fellow.


The Summer Teaching Fellowship (STF) is a unique, highly competitive teacher recruitment and preparation program designed to introduce college juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to teaching and urban education reform. Through hands-on experience in Uncommon’s schools, mentorship, and tailored professional development, Fellows develop the skills necessary for leading high-achieving classrooms. By the end of their summer, Fellows are great candidates for full-time positions at Uncommon and are very strongly considered for teaching roles that would begin after completion of their undergraduate careers. 

Since the program’s inception in 2010, 431 Fellows have matriculated through STF and over 330 Fellows have received full-time offers to teach at Uncommon upon graduation. 

You could be next. Click here to learn more about the Summer Teaching Fellowship and apply today! 


Importance of Diversity in the Classroom

Uncommon Schools recognizes the importance of building a talented staff of teachers who reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our scholars. While excellent teachers of all races, identities, and backgrounds serve our scholars, teachers and leaders of color enable students to see themselves within the strong educators who lead their classrooms each and every day. STF is part of Uncommon's commitment to attracting, hiring, and retaining teachers from underrepresented backgrounds in order to enrich our scholars' learning experiences. 


The Summer Teaching Fellowship was truly life changing for me on both a personal and professional level. Personally, I formed relationships with my cohort members and my mentor that I know will last me a lifetime. Professionally, I ended my summer with a new found confidence in my abilities as a teacher and confirmation that my chosen path to be an educator was absolutely the right one.”

–STF 2016 Alumna


STF was the first time I had been around so many people who were as passionate as I was about urban education reform. It was stimulating, invigorating, and reassuring to know that there were other people in the world who cared so much about student success. After every conversation or workshop with my cohort members, I felt inspired and motivated to strive for the best and keep doing the work that I am doing."

–STF 2015 Alumnus