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Everything You Need to Know About the Teaching Fellowship Application

Citizen Schools Campus Recruitment Team presents:

Everything you need to know about the Teaching Fellowship Application!

Q: How many recommendations do I need?  When are they due?

A: You need two completed recommendation forms and three references.  The recommendations are due at the application deadline, but can be submitted at a later time under extenuating circumstances. If you cannot submit them by the application deadline, please contact your regional Campus Recruitment Manager.  We must receive letters of recommendation before you are able to complete a campus interview.

Q: Who do you suggest I get recommendations from?

A: The best recommendation comes from a former or present supervisor.  Top priority is someone you’ve worked with professionally (preferably with youth), followed by an *academic supervisor*.

*An academic supervisor is someone you’ve worked with for an extended period of time; these can be professors you’ve had for multiple semesters, worked for as a lab assistant, or another extended project with deadlines.

Q: How many transcripts are required?  When are they due?

A: You only need one sealed copy of your official transcript addressed to:

Citizen Schools

ATTN: Campus Talent Recruitment

308 Congress St

Boston, MA 02210

Please mail it as soon as you apply.

Q: How many steps are in the application process?

A: Five steps: Initial application, application review, phone interview, job simulation activity, final interview (which includes a campus visit).

Note: The essay portion is considered just as important as an interview.  Remember to be thoughtful and clear in your responses.

Q: How long does the interview process take?

A: Varies by time of year; check with your regional Campus Recruitment Manager.  It may take up to two weeks to receive an invitation to participate in a phone interview.

Q: Where do I tell recommendations to send completed recommendation forms?

A: Recommendations need to be electronically sent to crtjobs@citizenschools.org

Q: I am interested in more than one region, do I apply to all of them?

A: No.  Apply to one region; during your application process you’ll have the space to express interest in another region.

Q: Do I get to select which campus I want to work on?

A: If selected to join the National Teaching Fellowship, you will have the opportunity to express interest in a particular campus or geographic area within a city, but placement is determined by the regional staff.

Q: What training is available prior to starting on campus?

A:  Although a number of programs have intensive weeks of training for incoming teachers, we scaffold our trainings into several parts.  As a fellow, you’ll start by meeting with your national cohort of teaching fellows and participate in trainings held in Boston at the beginning of July 2012.  From there, you move into regional trainings where you’ll familiarize yourself with the state office network and local resources.  After the regional training, you’ll have on-site training and will work closely with your Campus Director and team to develop curriculum and systems for your campus.

All in all, you will receive training from a national to local level, preparing you for the first day of program.

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Three Reasons Why You Should Use a One-Page Resume

Citizen Schools Talent and Recruitment Team

If you’re writing your resume and find your numerous skills, accomplishments and experiences are spilling over onto a second page, stop, drop and read:

Whether you are an aspiring member of the Teaching Fellowship’s class of 2012-2014 or a second year Teaching Fellow looking toward your next step, sit back with our National Recruitment Manager and hear why the Harvard resume format reigns supreme:

Three reasons to use Harvard resume format:

1)      It uses the space on the page effectively without overwhelming the reader.  There is plenty of space to share meaningful bullets about your job, but also requires you to only share the meaningful ones. Basically, 3-4 bullets per job keeps you honest and focused on the most significant accomplishments

2)      The format makes it really clear to the reader where you have worked, how long you were there, where you were educated, and what you studied in chronological order. This is really easy to follow.

3)      And lastly, the way in which this particular resume is crafted uses the format well because it notes specific, measurable achievements from each role he’s had. (E.g., how many direct reports he managed, how much money he generated/saved, etc). Second year Teaching Fellows can do the exact same thing by including quantifiable student results they delivered, specific improvements they made to campus operations/culture, and other notable achievements from their time in the Fellowship. The more specific about what you were expected to do and how well you met/exceeded those expectations, the better!

Sample Resume

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