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  1. 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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    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Poorly Organized, Bad Leadership, Cookie Cutter Expectations

    Dec 15, 2017 - Fellow in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Offers an opportunity for people to change careers or to pursue a teaching career at low cost.

    Cons

    Poorly organized, does not listen to or support fellows, hires terrible leaders and coaches, prepares you for militaristic discipline, teaches you how to treat students like numbers

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    11 people found this review helpful
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  4. 1.0
    Current Employee

    teaching fellows made me less hopeful and not want to teach

    Jul 23, 2016 - Fellow in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Free masters degree- the carrot they dangle in front of you. -My classes at LIU are interesting, professors are very down to earth. Going to LIU is the only part of this I am enjoying

    Cons

    highly disorganized- I am getting a 7-12 sped certification with a social studies extension and teaching 8th grade ELA. The content teacher in the room is a math teacher and tries to help, but does not know much on ELA and therefore is a good resource. DO NOT expect to get practice in your content area. coaching/support?- The coaches do not actually coach, they just criticize and make you feel like everything is your fault. Biased- as a white woman I feel like men and people of color get preferential treatment. coaches give shout outs to how many members of these groups are in the room. Video examples- all of the examples of great teachings videos we watch are in gen ed classrooms, as sped teachers we should be preparing for working in ICT and self contained classes, but no models of that. A lot of videos show elementary school classes which does not help in a room of 7-12 teachers. -You will not be prepared to work with special needs students. there is nothing taught about differentiation, how to work with ELL's, or students with learning disabilities. -be prepared to feel like you are not good enough all the time, and get ready to spend your whole summer frustrated and anxiety ridden 24/7

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    7 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Even if you're desperate, don't do this to yourself.

    Oct 1, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The amazing kids you get to work with. Some of the children you work with know more about respect than many of the coaches and other adults. You get to meet a few great people.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. Biased coaches, lots of favoritism and disrespectful people. You won't get much help from anyone even if you ask and show that you care. In fact, everything that you say will go against you. They make assumptions about you and look for excuses to give you low ratings if they don't like you for some reason.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Teacher

    Aug 19, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    none it's horrible. Don't do it to yourself. Take out a loan. Do your masters in a cuny school

    Cons

    I would never do this ever again. Get your masters the old fashioned way. Not worth the stress and aggravation. They want you to teach like a robot to perfect fictional students. The ratings on you is harsh and they have no sympathy for . Do yourself the favor take out the student loan in a cuny school and call it a day. The coaches are fake phony and make u feel as if you'll make it. 10 days before school starts I was told I was no longer eligible. Waste of an entire summer o could have worked. And good luck to those going in the classroomn after being trained for one period a day for 5 weeks. Redic

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    6 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Unethical and Irresponsible

    Aug 17, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    The program is unethical since it requires candidates to quit their jobs and doesn't inform fellows that they may fail the summer training and be eliminated from the program. The summer training is an unfair judgement of fellows' teaching abilities. It's not a training since fellows are expected to perform perfectly since the beginning. The coaches are not there to coach but to put people down. Even there is a significant improvement shown by a fellow's teaching abilities, and the fellow meets the expectations at the end of the training, the fellow will still be considered 'does not meet expectations' and being dropped from the program. Teaching Fellows NEVER shows the exact scores and yet send a 'Do Not Meet Expectations' email to a fellow. There are definitely racism and discrimination going on in the summer training.

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    16 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Awful.

    Oct 27, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    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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    14 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee

    They Should Teach You Like You're Expected to Teach

    Dec 10, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    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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    18 people found this review helpful
  10. 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
  11. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    DOE entry point, but beware

    Jul 31, 2018 - Staff Member in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Mission is to help highly qualified teachers enter the public-school sector to improve education for all. Increased focus on equity. Training gives a solid foundation that can help new teachers. Entry point to DOE for a fraction of the cost of traditional routes.

    Cons

    Unclear goals for each training site. Understaffed and underfunded. Focus on ratings and strict cutoffs, but close to no training for coaches. Some have no training at all. Too many supports expected from too few staff. No time for team building.

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    3 people found this review helpful
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