*DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 8, 5PM*
NewSchools is pleased to introduce its inaugural Learning to Teach EIR Program in partnership with Teach For America.
In the summer of 2013, we are inviting up to two individuals or up to two teams of two from Teach For America’s Alumni network to become paid Entrepreneur(s) in Residence (EIRs) and spend from six to ten months laying the groundwork for a new organization that will prepare teachers for schools in low-income communities. NewSchools is aiming to profoundly disrupt the current teacher preparation market by unleashing talent in generating bold, innovative solutions where the primary focus is on developing new teachers who are able to make student growth gains of at least one year from their first year as a classroom teacher.
The EIR is a unique position that enables new education entrepreneurs to spend time early on in their idea generation stage, developing fresh solutions and incubating innovations that will transform the field of teacher preparation.
While with NewSchools, the Learning to Teach EIR will have the opportunity to develop a business plan, receive support from our team of experienced staff and incubate their early-stage ventures in a supportive environment. The daily schedule varies and depends on the needs of the entrepreneur. Weekly activities include:
- Sharing ideas and getting feedback on them from the NewSchools team;
- Researching best practices and networking with potential customers;
- Receiving customized management assistance and mentorship from NewSchools and Teach For America in troubleshooting challenges and forming a strong foundation for your venture;
- Learning from other pioneers (other founders and funders) in the field by spending time with NewSchools’ existing portfolio organizations like the Relay Graduate School of Education, New Teacher Center, the Urban Teacher Center, Match Charter Sposato School of Education/Match Teaching Residency
Applicants must meet all the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the residency:
- Must be a Teach For America Alumnus
- Must have an original idea to transform teacher preparation
- Must be in start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the organization may have been in operation for up to two years. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start the organization are generally considered eligible
- Must intend to form a venture that is independent and autonomous and not part of an existing organization
Step 1: Submit Statement of Intent
Candidates will be invited by Teach for America and NewSchools to submit a Statement of Intent online and email their resumes to NewSchools by 5 PM PST on April 8, 2013.
Step 2: 1st Round Interview
Candidates advanced to the first round will take part in phone interviews scheduled between April 15 – April 25.
Step 3: 2nd Round Finalist Interviews
Finalists will be notified if they have advanced to second round interviews by May 3 and asked to prepare a brief, Venture Pospectus detailing their idea. These in-person interviews will be held in Oakland, California, between May 22 – May 24. NewSchools will provide travel and lodging for interview day.
Step 4: Join NewSchools as our Entrepreneur in Residence
The 2013 NewSchools – Teach For America EIR will be announced on June 7 and begin the residency as early as July 15, 2013.
2013 Application Cycle:
- March 5: Application period opens
- April 8: Applications due by 5 PM PST
- April 15 – April 25: Interviews Round 1
- May 3: Finalists contacted
- May 17: Finalist Venture Prospectus sent to NewSchools by 5 PM PST
- May 22 – May 24: Finalists Interviews Round 2
- June 7: EIR announced
- July/August: EIR begins residency with NewSchools