How to Complete a Successful Application
Urban Teachers is a welcoming and inclusive community. We are consciously working to find ways to value experiences and identities that are often minimized or devalued. We encourage you to include a broad array of experiences in your application and on your resume. We are particularly looking for:
- experiences working with children or K-12 students
- work/volunteer experiences in urban communities that have systematically been denied opportunity
- experience working with service or community organizations
Try these tips for writing successful short responses:
1. Carefully read the questions to be sure you are fully understanding what we are asking.
2. Be specific and succinct. We recommend you think about how the questions relate to your own interests, beliefs, and personal experiences. Make sure your response fully answers the questions, within the required word count.
3. Check for misspelled words or grammatical errors. You are welcome to use a tool like Grammarly to proofread your writing, and check for any typos.
4. Be honest. Don't be tempted to write what you think we want to read. This is your chance to share your interests in our program and for us to get to know you better as a candidate.
A resume is an important part of the initial Urban Teachers application; it provides a broader picture of your experiences and the activities and organizations you have been a part of. If you successfully move through the application process and receive an offer, your resume will be shared with our higher education and school partners.
Tips for crafting a good and informative resume:
1. Pay attention to format. What you want is a balance - a smooth, clean look that allows your content to stand out. A clean sleek font can also provide a more tightened-up presentation.
2. Make your resume count. List your contact information (email and phone number) so we can easily contact you should we have questions. You can also share additional information on your resume, including the reason for any gaps or breaks in your education and/or work experience, your education history, and whether you are bilingual or multilingual.
3. Highlight your talents, experience, and relevant skills. You want to showcase what you can do as a resident/fellow in the Urban Teachers program and as an urban teacher to our students. Be sure to include any experience volunteering or working with K-12 students or children, in urban communities that have systematically been denied opportunity, and with service or community organizations. You should also include the dates in which you performed this work or volunteered (both start date and end date), and a description of your role.
4. Quality over quantity. Keep your resume to no more than two pages, unless your background and experience is highly relevant to teaching.
Before Your Final Interview
In preparation for your final interview, you'll be asked to submit:
- A copy of the transcript from the undergraduate institution where you graduated or will graduate with your Bachelor's degree. This can be an unofficial or official copy, as long as it contains the credits you have completed and your final cumulative GPA.
- The names and contact information for two recommenders. These recommenders should be individuals who have supervised you or evaluated your work or academics within the past five years and can speak to your relationship building, communication, organization, and problem-solving skills. Once you submit the names and contact information for your recommenders, we will reach out to them with a recommendation form and some context about Urban Teachers; therefore, we recommend that you contact your recommenders before you get to this stage about your Urban Teachers application.
- Location and program of study preferences. We will ask you to share your preferences for a content area specialty, your preferences for an Urban Teachers location, and any context we should know about these preferences.
Preparing For Your Final Interview
The final interview is a critical part of the Urban Teachers application process. Applicants will participate in a 90-minute personal interview that will take place either virtually (via Zoom) or in person. (Due to precautions from the Covid-19 pandemic, interviews will take place virtually until further notice.) Interviews will take place with one or more members of the Urban Teachers community. Applicants will be asked to review a book excerpt in preparation for their final interview.