Teaching Fellows Program

The City Neighbors Foundation Teaching Fellows Program is designed for those aspiring to teach in a student-centered, progressive teaching environment.   In this two-year fellowship, aspiring educators will work in our City Neighbors classrooms, receive targeted mentoring and professional development, and have structured opportunities to develop and refine teaching practice in alignment with a progressive, City Neighbors approach to teaching and learning.


  • A deep commitment to and a passion for working with children and families
  • A belief in the vision of the child as creative, capable, powerful, and worthy of the deepest respect
  • A commitment to progressive education practices (including, but not limited to, arts integration, project-based learning, and Reggio Emilia)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Dependability and professionalism
  • Educational coursework or degree in teaching; ideal candidates would either be certified, or planning on obtaining certification within the two-year Fellowship timeframe


  • Participation in targeted monthly Professional Development
  • Participation in ongoing faculty Professional Development


  • Participation in a teaching observation and feedback cycle
  • Meet regularly with lead teacher to plan, reflect, and analyze


  • Regularly planning for and leading small group instruction
  • Leading whole group instruction twice weekly
  • 38 hours per week
  • Assist lead teacher in implementing daily instruction
  • Serve as substitute in the absence of lead teacher
  • Supervise lunch and recess and support student success in unstructured/social times


  • Fellows will have received significant, in-depth experience in teaching in a progressive education classroom.
  • Teaching Fellows who have also completed a certification program would be eligible to apply for a Post-Fellowship position or a teaching position in our organization.
  • Teaching Fellows have the option to apply for an ongoing fellowship for an additional two years.


  • $30,000 per year, benefits not provided


  • Submit cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to Mike Chalupa, Director, at mchalupa@cityneighbors.org.     In your cover letter, please discuss your specific interest in City Neighbors and what you hope to gain through this Fellowship.     Application deadline:   April 15, 2018.

Teaching Careers

What is your ideal place for teaching and learning? A place where student learning is creative, responsive, and engaging? A place that is not driven by standardized testing?

A place where you can build deep and strong relationships with your students? A place that is looking to push the envelope on current thinking about best practices? A place where teachers are seen as researchers and experts about their practice?

Interested? Email us at hiring@cityneighborsfoundation.org and tell us about your ideal.