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Early Career Fellowship

This year-long fellowship addresses two critical problems in education: keeping new teachers in the classroom and the under-representation of teachers of color across the profession.

Early Career Fellows painting in a park

Teachers begin their careers full of passion, but a depressing 50% don’t make it to year five. The situation is worse for teachers of color, who are already underrepresented in the profession.

Those accepted join an intimate cohort for a year of master classes, workshops, and fun. They learn alongside each other and turn to each other for support. Most importantly, they join our larger community of passionate, veteran teachers who serve as role models and mentors.

This year we are supporting early career STEAM and special education teachers. All are welcome, particularly teachers of color.


Our 2021-2022 Early Career Fellows in English and Special Education enjoyed a second year of support.

Thank you to the donors who made this program possible!

The Catherine and Joseph Aresty Foundation
Agnes Gund
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The Charles H. Revson Foundation
An anonymous family foundation

Help us keep great teachers in the classroom

Teachers, our most valuable resource, are struggling. Overwhelmed and under-supported, too many teachers leave the profession too soon. The Academy’s enriching experiences and supportive community have been proven to improve those odds.