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“As Fellows, our presence has fundamentally altered the very fabric of urban education. We are doctors, lawyers, scientists, athletes, and war heroes, among others – who give our students the benefit of our experiences, our failures, our victories, and ultimately, our resilience. To know that the measure of success can’t always be counted in the number of books read, but by so many other intangibles, we are tasked with nothing less than the most urgent of all callings: to carry out the promise of equal access and opportunity for all.” – Binh, 2000 Fellow


Effective teachers have a huge and lasting impact on students’ lives, and students who are struggling to catch up academically need great teachers more than anyone. Research shows that students with even one top teacher are more likely to attend college, earn a higher salary, and save more for retirement.


Since 2000, the Fellows program has provided New York City students with thousands of talented new teachers. Today, Fellows work in 80 percent of New York City’s 1,800 public schools and represent 12 percent of the city’s active teaching force. Fellows are transforming educational opportunities for the city’s highest-need students. Our impact continues to grow annually as more exceptional teachers start teaching critical need subject areas in New York City public schools.


Fellows are dedicated to making a difference in America’s largest school district, and many take on key leadership roles to extend their reach beyond their own classrooms. Nearly 450 Fellows are now leading schools as principals and administrators in NYC public schools.


Raising Graduation Rates

Providing all students with an education that prepares them to succeed in college and careers is critical. Since the launch of the NYC Teaching Fellows program in 2000, Fellows have played a key role in helping raise the graduation rate in New York City nearly 20 percentage points.


Closing the Teacher Qualification Gap

In most of the United States, low-income and minority students are the least likely to have access to effective teachers. However, Fellows teach in the highest-need subject areas and communities in New York City, and the hiring of Fellows in schools that serve low-income students has helped narrow the gap in teacher qualification between low- and high-income communities.


The overwhelming majority of Fellows are working in low-income communities, with 80% of Fellows teaching in schools that receive Title I funding due to a high population of students living in poverty.


Fellows represent:

  • 12% of all New York City public school teachers
  • 20% of all science teachers
  • 24% of all math teachers
  • 22% of all special education teachers
  • 15% of all teachers in the Bronx

See how Fellows are raising student achievement in the New York City classrooms that need them most.