Special Processes and Pilots

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Overview

There are two possible ways that your process can vary from the way described in the previous pages. All of these are purely opt-in and require an application process. First, read the basic information about each process below.  Please apply for these special processes by Friday, March 9th but preferably earlier as we will be making decisions on a rolling basis.  

Northwest indiana pipeline

This may be for you if:

  •  You have a specific interest or passion for teaching in NWI
  • You are from NWI and/or have spent a considerable amount of time in NWI. 

Your Hiring Process will be different by:

  • Your resume will only be shared with schools in NWI, and your interview process will look different. We are considering NWI-only hiring days in NWI and planning one-off in person and virtual options.

Apply here by Friday, May 25th.

Chicago Community Based Process

This may be for you if:

  • You grew up in or have worked / volunteered in a specific Chicago community
  • An aspect of your identity compels you to teach in a specific Chicago community

This process is NOT for you if:

  • You are qualified to teach High School English or Social Studies. Due to the difficult hiring landscape for these content areas, we do not think it is wise to limit the number of schools that you can interview with. We want to ensure that you have every opportunity to be hired before the first day of school, which means that we don’t want to constrain the options available to you. 
  • You are qualified to teach Northwest Indiana Elementary. As you know, licensure laws at this time require that you teach only in Northwest Indiana. 

Your Hiring Process will be different by:

  • Your process will look the same, but you will only be scheduled to interview with schools in your indicated community area.

How to Indicate Your Interest

Apply here by Friday, May 25th.

 


 

Chicago Public Schools Opportunity SCHOOLS Pilot 

This may be for you if:

  • You are interested in working in a traditional, neighborhood public school in low-income communities that Chicago Public Schools are investing in and has been identified as a school on the rise. 
  • You are interested in receiving additional supports to teach in traditional settings (e.g., additional coaching and mentoring from veteran teachers). 
  • You are passionate about working with students in low-income communities, believe in the power of a public education for all student and believe you could be successful in any environment, particularly ambiguous settings.

This process is NOT for you if:

  • You are qualified to teach Northwest Indiana Elementary. As you know, licensure laws at this time require that you teach only in Northwest Indiana.

  • You desire clarity about where you are teaching earlier in the hiring season.  Many of those within the pilot may not have a confirmed teaching placement until the summer.

Your Hiring Process will be different by:

  • You would interview with a subset of 50 neighborhood schools with intensive and personalized support from CPS staff members (all of which are TFA alums and have been in your shoes). Instead of "matching" at an interview day,  CPS Talent members would have an in-depth conversation with you about what you are looking for, and work to arrange interviews with schools where you might be a good fit.  We would work intensively to make sure we match you with schools that are committed to supporting you.
  • Our 2017 CMs have had positive experiences in the Opportunity School cohort.
  • Given that you will be working with the CPS Talent Team, you may receive your specific school placement much later in the summer (sometimes not until August).  

Learn more at cps.edu/opportunityschools (website will go live any day)

Apply here by Friday, May 25th.

Watch TFA alum Ben Felton (now a director at CPS) explain the exciting potential of the pilot!