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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    I am happy I applied

    May 25, 2021 - Teacher, Elementary School 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Was able to get a teaching license and experience

    Cons

    more experience in the classroom before getting thrown in

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Overfunded, chaotic and unprofessional. No oversight.

    Nov 22, 2021 - Teacher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You want to teach but you have no experience or qualifications? Maybe you have had another successful career and now you want to give back? Maybe you are looking for a purposeful but challenging career, but can't afford to take time off to go back to school? Or maybe you're looking for a government job that pays more than a lazy fool like you could ever earn in the private sector, where after a few years, you will be latched on and no amount of subpar work will ever get you fired? The Teaching Fellows could be just right for you!

    Cons

    During training, you will be placed in a public school with a coach. Most coaches are competent and care about their students. Most want you to succeed and will give you opportunities to become a good teacher, if you have it in you. But not all. Some coaches just want the pay bump and will treat you like a lackey. You will probably see and hear teachers do awful things in the classroom. If you ask NYCTF discreetly for advice on dealing with this while you're a Fellow, a note will be made in your file. It will be held against you. If you want to make a difference, hold your nose until you get your Internship Certificate. The staff is not respectful or professional in its dealings with you. They don't like to give their full names or communicate outside the NYCTF form. This is so they can delete all communication that makes them look bad or shows that they broke the law (I asked if it was legal for my coach to remove special ed students with from her classroom during superintendent observations - it is not, and they did nothing) . Screenshot everything. If you are in a toxic situation where your students are being bullied by a union-backed teacher, they will hang you out to dry. The partially subsidized Masters degree dangled in front of you is not the bargain it appears. CUNY is in the process of reevaluating its educational qualifications. That Masters could soon be worthless.

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  4. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Demanding and Rewarding Experience

    May 27, 2016 - Fellow in Bronx, NY
    Recommend
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    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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    2 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Teaching Fellow

    Oct 17, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    hands-on experience being in a special education classroom if you are placed in special education subsidized masters education (positive initiative)

    Cons

    I do think that people with color do get preferential treatment and that they observe you and that one observation basically determines your ability as a teacher, which is totally unfair because one observation does not mean you are not a good teacher, especially if you are a new teacher in training. Sometimes the program will give you harsh reviews and criticism that will make you lose faith in your ability to teach, but also they don't take in consideration about the learning environment that students are in. For example, why would a general education teacher observe a fellow in a special education setting where certain rules that they teach you in skill building don't really work and that the special education students don't learn the same as general education students? I would have to say that they give you very little time to become the best teacher that you can be and 3 months to become the very best teacher is very unrealistic. I would definitely say that this program has a very little time constraint and grades you mostly on classroom observations and gives you very little time to improve your teaching skills.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Teaching Fellow

    Feb 9, 2018 -  
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    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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    11 people found this review helpful
  7. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    The Program Is Done Poorly, But Sometimes There Isn't a Better Choice

    Nov 1, 2017 - ENL Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - You are allowed to work as a fully-paid NYC teacher while getting your certification. (For me, a father supporting my family on my single income, two years in a traditional teaching school was not an option.)

    Cons

    - Grueling. - Management, classes, training, schedules, everything is poorly organized. - The grad school classes may have little to do with what is actually going on in your classroom. - Grueling.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Former Employee

    they raise your hopes up just to bring them down

    Aug 18, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Rigorous training. Great opportunity to network with people.

    Cons

    Doesn't give you enough time to evolve into the teacher that you can be. Raise your hopes up then kick you out if you ratings don't meet their unrealistic expectations. They talk about bringing equity into the classroom but they don't provide equity to potential teachers that want to serve their community.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Beware before you make any commitment to this job

    Aug 20, 2016 - Teaching Fellow 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    If there is only one 'pro' I can think of, it would be that the fellowship offers a faster alternative route to obtaining a job with the NYC DOE.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? To start, the fellowship's model of education is more like boot camp. They are not interested in producing educators; they want drill sergeants. You will spend many hours per day role-playing scenarios with your colleagues and coaches about managing student behavior. Your coaches will read to you from a power point for three hours straight, and they will model 'effective classroom teaching' by doing things like rewarding you with candy for giving the right answer, as if you are a kid and demanding that you sit upfront and direct your attention to the instructor at all times, among other things. Second, the education classes that you take at your university are useless. You will not learn any academic content at all; research papers, for example, are extended personal reflection essays about anecdotal experiences. Your professor's lecture will consist of reading from a power-point projector verbatim. To make would matters worse, they have people who have no background in mathematics, for example, teach math regents classes to students who failed their regents. To say that is unethical would be an understatement. Finally, fellowship predetermines that 15% of fellows need "professional improvement", and they dismiss this 15% from the program at the last day of training. Even if you had already accepted a job offer within the DOE, the fellowship will demand that you withdraw from your job offer. This is wholly unacceptable, especially when they accept people from all walk of life and with various circumstances to commit to weekdays that begin at 7am and end at 7pm.

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    12 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Truly awful

    Aug 9, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There are no pros, unfortunately.

    Cons

    -10 hour days (not including lesson planning and preparation) with 4-5 hours of sleep per night for absurdly small compensation ($2500 for two months, which can hardly cover rent in NYC). -Harsh and negative criticism from coaches who penalize you for not meeting expectations or following directions when directions aren't clearly given - be prepared to figure things out on your own. -Very messy, disorganized management who doesn't keep track of Fellows and what directions they give. They have misdirected students to the wrong classroom, resulting in no teaching for that day (true story); coaches have not showed up to a training practice or simply "forgot". Coaches have emailed to ask you to change a lesson plan a few hours before teaching when you spent over three days preparing the lesson, and the coach had an entire week to give revisions (but waited until the last minute to tell you) -Paying over $500 for certification exams, which they don't tell you when you apply -Absurd, unrealistic attendance policy - getting kicked out of the program for being absent twice, no exceptions (even if you are in the hospital, a car accident, court appearance, experience severe illness, death in family, need to care for children) -Unrealistic expectations in teacher performance, NYCTF teaching methods are described as "militaristic" -During trainings, constantly getting treated as children (getting candy thrown at you, being told "pencils down"), getting insulted and talked down to constantly -Biased, rude, perhaps jaded coaches who give unfair, highly subjective ratings which are clearly influenced by personal opinions and favoritism. Your entire rating is based on about 3 minutes of teaching, which may or may not reflect your teaching ability or entire lesson. For whatever reason, if you mess that up (sudden misbehavior by students, PowerPoint stops working), you can be given an abysmal rating. This rating determines if you stay in the program or not. The coaches clearly have favorites, and it's impossible to talk to your coach fairly - if you don't stay on their good side, they may give you a poor rating next time. -Almost all NYCTF "support" is through emails and online training guides. There is virtually no one to personally advise you, give you direct support, or guide you through finding a job. -The PST structure is designed as a "boot-camp" - survival of the fittest. Due to the bias, subjectivity, and unorganized nature of the program, whether you stay in the program or not is not dependent on you. Be prepared to receive an email 3 days before the end of training telling you that you've been kicked out, for an unclear reason. -Classes at partner universities are a joke; even professors treat them as such. -Be prepared to be looked down upon if you are not a person of color.

    9 people found this review helpful
  11. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Not What You Think It Is

    Jul 26, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - interesting experience - "free" Master's degree

    Cons

    - everything else... - long hours - not enough training before going into classroom - ZERO support for finding a teaching position

    5 people found this review helpful
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