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Colorado Launch Fellowship

Launch a career focused on educational equity in Colorado while learning alongside a master teacher. 

July 2, 2018

A Teach For America teacher working with middle school students in a classroom.

Launch a Career of Impact

The collective impact of Teach For America corps members and alumni in Colorado is transforming educational opportunities for kids at the classroom, school, and system-level. Over the last 27 years, our national two-year corps program has launched 59,000 members into leadership at every level of education and many other sectors.

Teach For America Colorado now offers an additional program for applicants who are interested in pursuing a career focused on educational equity and seeking an opportunity to spend a year learning alongside a master teacher. The program combines a year of intensive training and development as a classroom leader with exposure to what it takes to create long-term, systems-level change in the Colorado education landscape.

Who We Look For

For our Launch Fellowship, we seek passionate individuals with diverse backgrounds who:

  • Value the chance to spend a year in training alongside seasoned mentors and receive ongoing feedback
  • Seek to commit time and energy to a cohort experience, contributing to a strong culture among fellows
  • Desire to build relationships in the Denver community to learn about multiple facets of the landscape that directly affect the education ecosystem (ex. healthcare, housing, criminal justice, etc.)
  • Are U.S. citizens, nationals, legal permanent residents, or DACA recipients
  • Have a 2.75 GPA or higher
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by July 2019

Program Overview

The Launch Fellowship is a highly selective, one-year leadership development program with three key components:

1. School-Based Experience

Fellows are employed as full-time teachers-in-training and work alongside a mentor teacher at one of our partner schools. You'll have opportunities to:

  • Practice real-time application of teaching skills
  • Benefit from daily partnership with a Resident Advisor
  • Receive frequent school-based coaching for instructional practice
  • Participate in ongoing professional development

2. Relay Graduate School of Education

Fellows are enrolled in Relay Graduate School of Education to build instructional expertise by completing the first year of a two-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, with the following benefits:

  • Receive your initial Colorado teaching license
  • Begin work towards a master's degree
  • Focus on instructional practice through regular coursework

3. Teach For America Colorado

Each fellow commits to a cohort experience with Teach For America to explore topics and issues of their choice to develop as leaders who will drive long-term systemic change. As a cohort member, you will:

  • Participate in cohort conversations on issues impacting schools, teachers, and students
  • Join leadership forums with influential community leaders to discuss systems-level change management (ex. dinner with the governor, tour with a state senator, conversation with a leading mental heath expert, a seminar on school funding, etc.)
  • Receive individualized support and mentoring from the TFA community

Compensation & Program Cost

As a Launch Fellow, you will be employed by a school and receive the same salary ($23,000 - $30,000), vacation, and health benefits as other teacher residents in that district. You will also be enrolled as a student in the first year of a two-year residency program at Relay Graduate School of Education.

Relay Graduate School of Education Tuition $35,000
Institutional Financial Aid through Relay* -$28,000
Total Two-Year Out-of-Pocket Cost $6,500
Fellowship Year Cost $3,250

*Institutional Financial Aid through Relay GSE may or may not include the AmeriCorps Segal Education Award.

After the Fellowship

All fellows will join a community of over 59,000 alumni and corps members working toward educational equity across sectors and will continue to receive support from the TFA network in Colorado.

Applying to the Corps

While admission cannot be guaranteed, Launch Fellows are highly encouraged to apply to Teach For America's two-year corps program following your fellowship year. If you are accepted into the corps, you will:

  • Be automatically assigned to teach in Denver
  • Complete the second year of the Master of Arts in Teaching program through Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Secure a lead teacher position at a Teach For America partner school, potentially at the school where you taught as a fellow

Finishing Your Master's Degree

Although not required, fellows must secure a lead teacher position (as a TFA corps member or with support from TFA Colorado) and complete their second year of the Relay Graduate School of Education program to receive a Master's Degree in Teaching and full certification.

Learn More

Prospective Launch Fellowship candidates should email their resume to Breiana Pledger

We will be accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year on August 15, 2019.