Lead Teacher Fellowship [2019-2020]

Position Details

  • Job Title: Lead Teacher Fellowship [2019-2020]
  • Department: Elementary School
  • Job Category: Instruction

The Opportunity

The Progressive Education Institute’s Lead Teacher Fellowship is an opportunity to study with master practitioners in a small, tight-knit cohort, while teaching at Harlem Village Academies, a renowned network of charter schools committed to progressive education.

We believe that becoming a great teacher is not about acquiring a set of techniques to be copied and repeated. It’s about developing a deep understanding of learning theory, child development, content knowledge, and pedagogy that can be applied in any instructional situation. That understanding comes at the intersection of observation, study, practice, reflection, and revision—all within the context of a collaborative teaching community.

The Fellowship is a salaried, full-time elementary teaching position culminating in a Master of Science in Teaching (MST) with a dual Transitional-B certificate in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) and Special Education. Trans-B is an accelerated certification that you will earn after your first semester at PEI and hold as long as you’re enrolled in our program and keep your teaching job.  The Trans-B converts to a New York State Initial Certificate at the end of the three-year program.

Tuition is heavily subsidized ($250/semester, plus fees);  the cost of comparable programs is $35,000+.  Classes on weekday evenings or Saturday mornings are scheduled to make for a manageable workload.



  • Develop and teach engaging, rigorous curriculum and lessons, aligned with high standards and progressive theory
  • Invest several hours per week in sophisticated professional learning led by master educators at the Progressive Education Institute, including adapting theory to practice, instructional coaching, lesson study, and co-planning
  • Inspire students to hold themselves to high standards for both character and academic performance
  • Maintain classroom routines to ensure a focused, safe, and caring environment
  • Analyze assessment data and use it to inform and differentiate instruction
  • Collaborate with colleagues to share best practices and ensure student mastery of standards
  • Build close relationships with families, including through calls and conferences



  • BA in any field, with a 3.0 or higher
  • GRE General Test taken by June 3, 2019
  • At least two years of teaching experience in grades pre-K-5, with a strong record of student achievement
  • Ability to create a class environment in which students feel safe, supported, and challenged to engage deeply in meaningful work
  • Commitment to progressive pedagogy, including:
    • Deep dedication to learning and to developing teaching craft
    • Strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement
    • Unshakeable conviction that all students can learn at a high level


Harlem Village Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity among our staff. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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