Empire Teaching Fellowships | KIPP NYC

Empire Teaching Fellowships


Be part of the next generation of great teachers

Through an intensive one-year paid residency, aspiring educators spend a year at a KIPP NYC school while pursuing a master’s degree from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Brandon Swaby, KIPP STAR, Harlem

About The Empire Fellows Program

In conjunction with Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay GSE), the Empire Fellows program offers aspiring K-12 teachers a unique opportunity to receive high-quality training at a KIPP NYC school. Individuals are paired with a high-performing KIPP teacher who serves as a mentor and advisor for the entire school year. Additionally, Empire Fellows receive extensive weekly training and deliberate practice through Relay GSE, allowing for a structured, supportive and more sustainable on-ramp into the teaching profession. KIPP NYC fully commits to the growth and development of each Empire Fellow, with the explicit goal that upon successful completion of the residency year, each Empire Fellow is hired into a full-time teaching role in their second year at a KIPP NYC school while completing their Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT) degree. This program is best suited for individuals who are passionate and committed to teaching as a long-term career path but who do not have any full-time teaching experience yet. In order to be admitted to this program, an individual must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Learn From The Best

Want to enter the world’s greatest profession? Want to learn how to teach from high-performing teachers and earn a master’s degree from a best-in-class graduate school? KIPP NYC is training up the next generation of teachers through an intensive one-year residency experience, where dedicated aspiring educators spend a year at a high-performing KIPP school while pursuing a master’s degree (MAT) from Relay Graduate School of Education, an innovative teacher preparation program as cited by the White House. Upon completion of a year-long residency, each Empire Fellow commits to a minimum of 2 years as a full-time teacher at a KIPP NYC school.



• High level of organization and professionalism.
• Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher (if currently in school, expected Bachelor’s degree by June 2017).
• Zest, grit, hope, social intelligence, gratitude, and a sense of humor.
• A passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture.
• Openness to feedback and willingness to constantly reflect, improve and learn.
• Desire and commitment to teach in a K-12 setting for at least three years after the first year of the residency.
• Commitment to obtaining a NYS Trans B Teaching Certificate by the midpoint in the Fellowship Year (by January, 2018).



Empire Fellows will assume the same schedule as a full-time KIPP NYC teacher. Duties and responsibilities include:
• Developing teaching skills through regular feedback and coaching.
• Providing individual or small group instruction for students.
• Leading or co-facilitating an advisory.
• Committing to constant professional and personal growth through working closely with a team of teachers.
• Constantly assessing student progress, and communicating results to families and colleagues.
• Modeling the school’s values in all communications with students, families, and staff.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis leading up to each deadline and qualified applicants will be invited to complete an online video interview. Upon reviewing video interviews, we will invite finalists to interview in-person 2-3 weeks after the priority deadline.

2018 Priority Deadlines

– EARLY BIRD: Monday, October 30, 2017
– Wednesday, January 3, 2018
– Monday, February 26, 2018
– Thursday, March 29, 2019


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