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TNTP Teaching Fellows Reviews

Updated May 28, 2019

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Pros
  • "You will have a full time teaching position in the fall making full salary(in 9 reviews)

  • "In my experience, most of the fellows who made it through the summer training got jobs, made it through the next school year and received certification(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "During one of my observations, the "coach" advised me to keep a vibrating timer to buzz off EVERY 30 SECONDS to check for understanding(in 21 reviews)

  • "In 2017, TNTP/TeachNOLA received(in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful Program!"

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    Former Employee - TNTP Fellow in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TNTP Teaching Fellows full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This program prepared me to be an effective teacher.

    Cons

    The summer training is intense but effective.

    TNTP Teaching Fellows2018-07-27
  2. "Short-sighted. Misses the target in providing comprehensive teaching strategies."

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TNTP Teaching Fellows full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can get your teaching certificate investing less time and money than a traditional program. Read Teach Like a Champion for an explanation of how they.d like to program you.

    Cons

    The summer program is very intense, which would be fine if you felt like the time was being used wisely. In the morning you will teach summer school, not the worst because it's only 1-2 hours of active teach. Except...the curriculum they provide expects you to teach a 90 minute lesson in 60 minutes, then move right on to the next one, never mind any gaps in understanding. They talk about then gloss over the importance...

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    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Saying vague things like "everyone who truly wants to teach passes" in both unhelpful and false. Admitting that many people don't finish the summer program, or don't last through the first year would help many applicants decide if TNTP is right for you. It would've been more effective to use some of the afternoon PLT time looking at previous lessons and considering reteaches than plowing through curriculum.

    TNTP Teaching Fellows2019-05-29
  3. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Bilingual Elementary School Teacher 
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at TNTP Teaching Fellows full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hours are not too bad if you manage

    Cons

    The pay could definitely be more

    TNTP Teaching Fellows2019-03-30
  4. "Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at TNTP Teaching Fellows part-time

    Pros

    - Good opportunity for graduates

    Cons

    -long training program -very low pay

    TNTP Teaching Fellows2018-10-18
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Traumatizing for Many; Money Wasting; Soul Selling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TNTP Teaching Fellows full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Only join this program to receive free training in the summer. Their grading is subjective so do not waste two years to find out that they don’t think you qualify to be a teacher. The price reduction is not worth the added stress.

    Cons

    BCTR makes this experience more stressful than it has to be, but blames it in you. They have unrealistic expectations. They expect to own all of your time. If you have a family, just don’t. You are better off spending the next two years working full time elsewhere or completing an actual graduate program that isn’t subjectively graded on a single pass/fail basis at the end. There are no grades or transcripts to prove...

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    Advice to Management

    I am not sure that management is willing to hear any criticism or receive any advise. I’ll stick to pointing out what you’re good at You are good at getting people’s hopes up. You’re good at pretending like you care about people. You are good at getting good people on board with your ideas. You are good at misleading people. You are good at lying to people. You are good at making things more difficult than they...

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    TNTP Teaching Fellows2018-10-17
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Be careful"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TNTP Teaching Fellows full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The mission is good but it's the worst of these sorts of programs

    Cons

    The execution of the mission is immature, poorly planned and more concerned with standards than students and teachers. This program ignores what it really takes to be a great teacher and reduces everything to percentages and rubrics. BCTR is another impersonal bureaucracy under the already unwieldy bureaucracy of Baltimore City Public Schools. It's much better to get your teaching degree from a local University and...

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    Advice to Management

    The immature management does not understand the sacrifices people make to enter this program. They do not support new teachers, they rate and judge them. They also chase away many new teachers with great potential who leave the program midway through.

    TNTP Teaching Fellows2018-07-06
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible experience- but worth it for the end product?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at TNTP Teaching Fellows full-time

    Pros

    You are able to receive a teaching certificate for much cheaper than anywhere else. A very fast track to becoming a full time, certified teacher. I was teaching my own classroom (with salary) within 3 months of starting the program, and I have my completed certificate within a year.

    Cons

    I completed the program from 2014-2015 and I still have anxiety and flashbacks about it, hence why I feel I needed to leave a review a few years later. The summer training is awful. You will be miserable, lack sleep, and any resemblance of a social life. You will teach in classrooms that you do not choose (the least of any issue), you will be trained boot-camp style, you will be yelled at, you will be made to feel...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire better coaches.

    TNTP Teaching Fellows2018-06-05
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Basically a Scam"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TNTP Teaching Fellows full-time

    Pros

    It's a fast way to get your teaching certification and get into teaching. They attract an amazing cohort of fellows who come with interesting backgrounds, experiences, and stories. You would meet some amazing people at this program.

    Cons

    The program is basically a scam. The program gets income from two sources: government grants and sponsorship from charter school organizations. The charter schools also get government grants to run their summer school programs. You sign up to this program and give a charter school that you do not get to choose for weeks of free labor. They will work you like a dog. Expect a ten hour work day plus commute and frequently...

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    Advice to Management

    Be more up front about the program. Most of what happens in the program can put on your website so fellows don't feel like they've been cheated. Learn to treat fellows like humans.

    TNTP Teaching Fellows2018-06-29
  9. Helpful (8)

    "TeachNOLA is a scam - and a very racist one too"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at TNTP Teaching Fellows full-time

    Pros

    You will meet a ton of people who have sacrificed everything to move down to the toilet of the country. I am only filling this out because Glassdoor makes you. New Orleans has its charm, but you do not want to live here. Great place to visit though.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? In 2017, TNTP/TeachNOLA received $1million from the US government to help recruit 900 teachers by 2020. The only money they spend on their fellows is on a very cheap bumper sticker and a notebook you can buy from the dollar store. They silence voices of color, deleting comments they don't agree with, while amplifying White women who run the training as "Directors." You are expected to pay for...

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    Advice to Management

    Be transparent about your practices. Spend money on your fellows not just on lining your own pockets. Advocate for better starting salaries and for schools to be upfront about $. Stop silencing people of color.

    TNTP Teaching Fellows2018-05-26
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Exceptional Training"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at TNTP Teaching Fellows

    Pros

    TNTP, specifically ITF, helped me become the teacher I am today. They provide clear, direct, and in-the-moment feedback throughout the pre-service experience doing everything they can to prepare you for your first day of teaching and beyond. You receive in-depth support with lesson plans, are taught Teaching Like a Champion key components for classroom management skills, and given a coach to help you through any areas...

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    Cons

    Pre-service training is hard work and requires a large time commitment unpaid. You're day does not end when you leave your classroom. These things can be intense if you don't plan for them so make sure you do!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

    TNTP Teaching Fellows2018-01-23
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