Teacher In Residence Program
Building on our years of experience supporting aspiring teachers, we've expanded our commitment with two career options that lead to full-time teaching roles and New York State certification.
About The Program
- You’ll work with KIPP’s highest performing K-12 mentor teachers who consistently observe and provide actionable feedback to develop your teaching practice and nurture a growth mindset.
- You’ll participate in a summer new teacher development institute, attend weekly trainings on content and pedagogy, and deliberately practice critical teaching skills to prepare for a gradual on-ramp into more teaching responsibilities throughout the year.
- You’ll reflect and engage in school and regional workshops on race and equity in your work as a teacher and member of our school communities.
- You’ll build fellowship as part of a cohort of new teachers who have opportunities to connect, share experiences, celebrate successes, and provide peer support.
- You’ll receive ongoing professional development in Year Two and Three as part of KIPP’s commitment to develop and retain new teachers along with dedicated regional guidance in obtaining NYS certification.
All Teachers In Residence will assume the same schedule as a full-time KIPP NYC teacher. Duties and responsibilities will include:
- Attending a new teacher development institute over the summer.
- Engaging in workshops on issues of race and equity.
- Developing teaching skills through regular feedback and coaching from a skilled mentor
- Providing individual, small, and whole group instruction for students through gradual on-boarding.
- Leading or co-facilitating an advisory.
- Engaging in regional, cohort, school, and content-based professional and personal development.
- Constantly assessing student progress and communicating results to families and colleagues.
- Modeling the school’s values in all communications with students, families, and staff.
KIPP NYC provides one of the most competitive teacher residency salaries in the New York City. Teachers in Residence are full-time employees with full access to KIPP NYC benefits, including medical, dental, and vision benefits, mental health coverage, 403b employee match, gym reimbursement, relocation benefits for out-of-state candidates, and much more.
- Zero years of full-time lead teaching experience.
- High level of organization and professionalism.
- A 2.75 GPA is required to be a matriculated student. Will consider a 2.5 or higher on a conditional basis.
- Zest, grit, hope, social intelligence, gratitude, and a sense of humor.
- A passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture.
- Open to feedback and willing to constantly, reflect, improve, and learn.
- Desire and commitment to teach in a K-12 setting for at least two years after the first year of the residency.
- For candidates in Pathway One, commitment to obtaining a NYS Trans B Teaching Certificate by the midpoint of the residency year (by January 2022).
- For all candidates, commitment to obtaining a NYS Initial Certificate within two years.
- Proficiency in Spanish a plus.
Do I need to have teaching experience to be eligible for the program?
No. This program is designed specifically for people with zero years of full-time lead teaching experience. Experience volunteering in a K-12 classroom or student teaching is helpful, but not necessary for eligibility.
Do I need to be certified to be eligible for the program?
No. Most applicants to our program will not be certified. Applicants without NYS certification are eligible for Pathway One of the program, which includes enrollment in Relay Graduate School of Education’s MA in Teaching program. We expect that residents obtain Trans B certification in Year One and complete all requirements for NYS initial certification by Year Two.
What is the timeline for applying to graduate school?
TIRs choosing option 1 should apply to Relay’s MA in Teaching Program after they have accepted their offer to join our residency program. KIPP NYC provides further guidance on the Relay application process upon acceptance of our offer. Please note that Relay does currently require candidates to take the GRE as part of their application process.
Does KIPP NYC cover tuition for the MA from Relay?
No. KIPP NYC does, however, offer partial tuition reimbursement after initial certification is secured.
What if I don’t have a 2.75 GPA?
A candidate with a GPA of 2.5-2.75 can still be hired as a Teacher in Residence. This will, however, affect one’s eligibility for financial aid at Relay GSE. More information on this is available through Relay GSE’s website. Students with below a 2.5 GPA are unfortunately ineligible for the program.
What are your Options?
Ideal for candidates with no full-time teaching experience and no NYS certification. Intended for both recent college graduates and career changers alike, TIRs choosing this option will enroll in an MA in Teaching program at Relay Graduate School of Education, which includes recommendation for NYS certification upon completion of Year Two of graduate studies.
Ideal for candidates who have no full-time teaching experience, but have completed a New York State Approved Teacher Preparation Program and obtained an institutional recommendation for initial NYS certification. TIRs choosing this option will engage in differentiated, cohort-based training and professional development at the school and regional level.
The Interview Process
Between application and interview, a KIPP NYC recruiter will coordinate video and phone interview details if selected.
In-depth phone Interview with KIPP recruiter
Interview with school leader(s)
Meet Tyritia Groves
Senior Director of School Coaching
Prior to leading the Teacher in Residence program, Tyritia Groves was the Principal of KIPP Academy Elementary School in the South Bronx. She possesses 17 years of educational experience, 10 of which have been in school leadership roles. Tyritia maintains a high bar for academic excellence, while creating a joyful, loving, identity-affirming environment for students. She believes that inviting physical spaces, efficient school operations, and a joyful culture among students and adults are the essential elements of a school’s success.