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Progressive Instructional Fellowship (New York)

Progressive Instructional Fellowship 2014-15
Harlem Village Academies

A CALL to outstanding veteran teachers:
Join a community of progressive educators and fulfill your professional dreams!

Harlem Village Academies is a community of educators working together to build an urban school district in Harlem based on the ideals and rich tradition of progressive education. HVA is also the demonstration site for the new Progressive Education Institute, recently featured in the New York Times and led by an extraordinary team of master educators. This position is an incredible opportunity to join this community of educators and to pursue your passions inside and outside the classroom.

"Are we forming children who are only capable of learning what is already known or should we try to develop creative and innovative minds?" -- Piaget

We believe students learn best through experience, deep engagement and discovery. We want our students to be intellectually curious, creative, and independent. We want them to love reading, to be articulate and reflective. We want them to be open-minded as well as skeptical, to take initiative, and to be kind, respectful and compassionate. Students should spend their school days constructing knowledge, grappling with text, and doing the intellectual heavy lifting, with teachers as adept guides.

The Fellowship provides accomplished teachers with a dream professional opportunity. Fellows are exemplary teachers, whose classroom serves as a model and lab for observation, discussion and learning for their colleagues. Fellows dedicate most of their time to teaching, while also pursuing professional passions outside the classroom. They work closely with other master educators and academic leaders at HVA to cultivate a culture of high-quality progressive pedagogy and continual learning for teachers.

The specific focus of each Fellow's work outside of the classroom is tailored to his or her interests as well as the school's needs. Fellows' projects may include, but are not limited to:
•Join a community of master educators, in the faculty of the Progressive Education Institute
•Help other teachers grow: support the professional learning of younger colleagues through maintaining a lab classroom, facilitating inquiry groups, and coaching
•Conduct research: carry out action research in the school on a topic of interest; can lead to writing for publication
•Write for publication: write articles for publication in a journal, work on a book, or pursue other professional writing
•Present at conferences: develop and present sessions at major professional conferences (e.g. NCTE, NCTM, IRA)
•Develop next-generation curriculum: work closely with our team as well as experts to develop K-12 curriculum
•Lead professional study groups: facilitate study & inquiry groups of fellow teachers
•Dream your dream: imagine a project or study of interest and carry it out
•Participate in a selective external professional development program: attend a top-notch external program such as National Academy for Advanced Teacher Education, National Writing Project Summer Institute, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, etc.

•Establish and maintain an exemplary classroom featuring high-quality, engaging, progressive instruction
•Maintain an open "laboratory" classroom for observation, inquiry and professional learning
•Pursue a professional passion, based on your interests and in close collaboration with other academic leaders
•Collaborate with HVA instructional leaders to continually improve the teaching and learning in our schools

•10 or more years of teaching experience in K-8 literacy or math
•Exceptional results with high-quality progressive pedagogy
•Deep understanding of core tenets of effective instruction
•Reflective practitioner, keenly committed to continual learning
•Commitment to working with urban children and families
•Shares all HVA values, including a deep conviction that educators are accountable for student motivation and learning at a high level

Highly competitive, including a salary commensurate with experience and full benefits.

Please review our website,, including the section about our culture and values, and consider whether Harlem Village Academies is the place for you. If your skills and experience are a match for this role, please email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to Diego Merino at

Harlem Village Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity among our staff. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
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