Frequently Asked Questions About ISTART

General Program Questions

Which organizations are involved in the I-START Program?
When does the 2014-2015 program begin?
What does an apprentice’s schedule look like?
Why are I-START apprentices organized into cohorts?
What is my commitment?
Where will I teach after my residency year? How will I-START support me during my first year as a teacher?
Where are the I-START host schools?
How will applicants be matched with a school and a mentor?
Where and when are the graduate school classes held?
What degree will residents earn?
How are the mentors selected and trained?

Financial Questions

Will I receive a stipend while I am an apprentice?
What is the cost of tuition for the program?
Do apprentices receive health insurance?
Are residents responsible for any other program costs?
Will I be eligible for student loans to cover additional living expenses during the residency year?
When will I start receiving a full teacher’s salary?

Application Process and Selection Criteria Questions

How many residents will be accepted into the I-START cohort?
What are the minimum qualifications for admission? 
Whom can I contact if I want more information about applying?
What is the application timeline?
If I already have teaching certification and/or a master’s degree in education, can I apply to I-START? 
I have experience teaching in environments for which I have not needed a master’s degree or teaching license (e.g., private school). Can I apply to I-START?
What Can I expect from the Application Process?
Do I need to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply? 


General Program Questions


Which organizations are involved in the I-START Program?
I-START is a collaborative effort of the Internationals Network for Public Schools, the New York City Department of Education, and Long Island University-Brooklyn.


When does the 2014-15 program begin?
Candidates accepted as I-START apprentices are expected to attend initial professional development during the final week of August in 2014. They will report to their assigned International High Schools on the day after Labor Day, September 2, 2014.


What does an apprentice’s schedule look like?
Apprentices spend the full day at school on all school days.  All coursework takes place on the LIU-Brooklyn Campus in the late afternoon on two afternoons per week.


Why are I-START apprentices organized into cohorts?
Apprentices take their courses as a cohort throughout the duration of the program so that they may share their experiences and learn collaboratively.  The cohort structure reflects one of the Core Principles of the Internationals Network for Public Schools that heterogeneous and collaborative structures build on the strengths of every individual member of the school community optimize learning.


What is my commitment?
Apprentices complete a school-based year-long residency and complete their coursework during the following year as they work as teachers of record in a New York City public school.  Program participants are expected to teach in New York City public schools, which may include an International High School, for four years.


Where will I teach after my residency year? How will the I-START Program support me during my first year as a teacher?
After successful completion of the program, I-START graduates will teach in New York City public schools. Internationals Network for Public Schools will provide some assistance to apprentices throughout the hiring process. Many, but not all, I-START graduates are able to secure teaching positions in International High Schools in New York City.  During the first post-apprenticeship year, I-START graduates will receive school-based mentoring support and ongoing opportunities for professional development and networking with their cohort.


Where are the I-START host schools?
For 2014-2015, I-START apprentices will be hosted in several of the 15 International High Schools in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, or Manhattan. Final decisions about host schools will be decided in the Spring of 2014 contingent upon school budgets. A list of the 15 International High Schools can be found here but please note that not all schools will be hosting apprentices.


How will applicants be matched with a school and a mentor?
Finalists who are approved by the New York City Teaching Fellows will be invited to visit host schools and meet the mentors. Final decisions about apprentice placements are made at the individual school level.  Final program offers will be made directly by the host school.  While residents will be asked to list their geographic preferences, candidates are not guaranteed an offer in a borough of their choice.


Where and when are the graduate school classes held?
Graduate school courses will be held at Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. During the school year, classes will take place on two weekday afternoons and evenings.


What degree will residents earn?
If residents successfully complete all requirements, they will earn a master’s degree in TESOL from Long Island University and will also be eligible to apply for New York state ESL certification.


How are the mentors selected and trained?
I-START mentors are experienced teachers, identified and selected by their school leaders. These teachers participate in a ongoing professional development throughout their time as mentors.

[back to top]

Financial Questions

Will I receive a stipend while I am an apprentice?
In the first year of the program, I-START apprentices receive a stipend of $22,500 and benefits through the New York City Department of Education.


What is the cost of tuition for the program?
During first year as a teacher of record, I-START participants will be responsible for approximately $7,500 of their tuition costs at LIU-Brooklyn. There is no charge to the apprentices for tuition during the apprenticeship year.


Do apprentices receive health insurance?
Yes. Once the first school year begins, apprentices receive comprehensive health care coverage from the NYC Department of Education.  In the second year, once they are employed as full-time teachers of record in the NYCDOE, teachers are eligible for all additional benefits as per the current UFT teacher contract.


Are residents responsible for any other program costs?
Residents will be responsible for covering the costs of books for their LIU courses, registration fees for two state-mandated standardized teacher assessments ($88 each), Department of Education fingerprinting ($110), required DOE child abuse prevention and anti-violence workshops ($75), certification application fees ($100).


Will I be eligible for student loans to cover additional living expenses during the apprenticeship year?
All residents will be matriculated students at Long Island University and will therefore be eligible for federal student loans. We encourage residents to apply for such loans if they think their living expenses will not be covered by the stipend. Apprentices are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Financial Services at LIU for more information.


When will I start receiving a full teacher’s salary? What is the salary for a first-year teacher with a master’s degree in New York City?
After the successful completion of the apprenticeship year, I-START residents will begin their first full year of teaching in the fall of 2014 and will receive a starting salary based on the current UFT contract.

[back to top]

Application Process and Selection Criteria

How many residents will be accepted into the I-START cohort?
We will accept a maximum of 15-17 apprentices.


What are the minimum qualifications for admission?
Admission criteria can be found on the NYC Teaching Fellows website


Whom can I contact if I want more information about applying?
For specific questions, contact Kamal Bryan at Internationals Network for Public Schools at istart@internationalsnetwork.org.


What is the application timeline?
Applications will be available online starting October 9, 2013.  Applications must be completed no later than January 27, 2014.


If I already have a teaching certification and/or a master’s degree in education, should I apply to I-START?
Candidates already possessing teaching certification or master’s degrees in education are not eligible for the I-START program.


I have experience teaching in environments for which I have not needed a master’s degree or teaching license (e.g., private school). Can I apply to I-START?
Yes. We encourage you to apply for the program if you are interested in moving into a career in urban public education and do not yet have certification or a master’s degree in education.


What can I expect from the application process?
The application process has three main steps.

First, using the link on the I-START Application page, you will be directed to an application Web site for New York City Teaching Fellows. All candidates for I-START are required to complete the joint I-START/New York City Teaching Fellows application process, which requires submission of an online application, a resume, and several essays, plus an interview if invited.  You might receive communication from New York City Teaching Fellows about your application status and to schedule your interview, but throughout the process you are being considered for I-START.


Second, if you are approved as a candidate for the NYCTF, you will be notified by Internationals Network for Pubic Schools that you are a finalist for an I-START apprenticeship. Individual schools will then contact you to schedule a school visit and an interview. You may be contacted by more than one school. To be considered for an apprenticeship in a school, you will be required to interview with the individual school site.

Third, if you are selected for the I-START Program, you will receive an offer directly from the school.  You must then notify the school if you agree to participate.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply?
Yes. All apprentices must have either U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status (green card) by the time the program begins.

[back to top]
Connect


Sign Up

SIGN UP for our newsletter!

Amber Jewelry Tea Sets