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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.


Program Description

The Summer Teaching Fellowship is offered to college students entering their senior year who are committed to beginning a career in teaching. After spending time observing, learning, and leading instruction in our classrooms, the majority of our Fellows receive and accept full-time offers to teach at Uncommon upon graduation.

Summer Teaching Fellows come from college campuses across the United States. STF is currently offered in Boston (MA), Newark (NJ), Camden (NJ), Brooklyn (NY), and Troy (NY) and serves students in grades K-12. The format and experience of the fellowship varies by region and the grade level in which a Fellow has been placed.

Candidates can indicate their choice of region and grade level (elementary, middle, or high) 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. Candidates should list their top choices of location and grade level on the application, but know that placement in your top choice may not always be available.

During the end of the regular school year, Fellows will observe classrooms, support their Mentor Teacher, who is a current veteran teacher at Uncommon, and potentially lead individual or small group instruction. When the regular school year ends and Summer Academy begins, Fellows progress to leading instruction for a full class of students, 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 cycles of feedback and coaching. Over the course of the program, Fellows will have many opportunities to gain the experience and support necessary to develop, grow, and enhance their instructional skills.

During the program, Fellows receive:

  • Stipend of $500 per week (note that stipends are subject to all applicable payroll taxes and fees)
  • Transportation stipend (amount varies by region)
  • Provided dormitory-style housing (or an additional $800 stipend for Fellows who opt out of housing and find their own accommodation for summer; note that housing stipends are subject to all applicable payroll taxes and fees)
  • Meals (breakfast and/or lunch) at select mandatory professional development sessions. Note that Fellows are responsible for the cost of their own meals through the majority of the program and should plan accordingly.