Welcome to Onboarding!

This is the time where you’ll take steps to become certified, find a school placement, and start building a support network and community of leaders. The below timeline is our standard timeline--though you're Onboarding could between anywhere from November through May!


Between now and when you arrive in our region in June 2018, you’ll:

  • Work toward your licensure requirements, like registering for, taking, and passing your exams
  • Complete hiring requirements that’ll lead to your best school match, like updating your resume, going on interviews and getting to know the Chicago-Northwest Indiana context 
  • Engage with your peers through virtual and in-person community spaces and begin to build your network of diverse, passionate, and impactful leaders
  • Prepare for Summer Training by building context through required pre-work—this could look like engaging in specific articles and videos on the history of oppression and resistance within Chicago and Northwest Indiana 

your financial transition to the corps 

In addition to testing and certification, one of the most important pieces of your transition is planning for the financial transition of joining the corps. While Teach For America is not able to provide financial advice, as we are not financial advisors, we have pulled together resources and alumni tips that will assist you in planning for your transition. Teach For America covers many of your major expenses during summer training (e.g. food, housing) for all corps members. We also offer a Need-Based program to help you with some of your transition expenses. Packages are offered based on a corps member’s demonstrated need and the cost of transitioning to your assigned region. Please check your Applicant Center under the Transitional Funding tab to learn more about Need-Based Transitional Funding and how to apply.

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