3/20/17: Teaching Fellows Program (Philadelphia, PA)

What are you looking for?
Teaching Fellows Program
What’s the name of your church or organization?
St. James School
Where is the job site located?
Philadelphia, PA
What do you want this person to do?
St. James School Teaching Fellows Program

Are you ready?

Lead alongside a team shaping the future of our country.
Join with other leaders from your generation empowering children to lead into the future
Join a coalition of middle schools – change-makers — in 40+ unique communities across the country
Live out your commitment to equity and justice in a teaching and learning environment
See how faith strengthens and empowers reconciliation and social change
Build true and lasting relationships surrounding yourself with people of integrity

St. James School is a faith-based Philadelphia middle school in the Episcopal tradition, committed to educating traditionally under-resourced students in a nurturing environment. The school is a community that provides a challenging academic program and encourages the development of the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative gifts in its students.

One of the most exciting aspects of St. James School’s program is that we aim to develop the next generation of highly skilled and dedicated urban educators through our Teaching Fellows Program. We are recruiting young and/or recent college graduates eager to make a difference. We aim to recruit a diverse pool, especially Fellows who represent the background of our students.

During their time at St. James School, Fellows develop our students while also honing their own skills. Fellows commit to a year or more of service in exchange for room, board, and a modest educational stipend. Fellows are mentored by experienced master teachers, and meet regularly with our Assistant Head of School, providing the training and support in the practices of highly effective teachers and leaders. Demonstrating hard work, perseverance, and strong partnerships with their students, students’ families, and communities, Fellows dramatically increase the opportunities available to their students in school and in life. Fellows assist in the classroom, have opportunities to co-teach, lead small classes, coach sports, run extracurricular activities, supervise study hall, mentor students, and have a leadership role in the operation of end-of-day enrichment program.

Unique to the program, Fellows live in community with other St. James School educators. Intentional faith-based community builds relationships that support members in service and spirituality–deepening the experience and enlivening the community.

The program strives to attract remarkable and diverse individuals interesting in becoming teachers in similar low-income communities. After a year or two of service, Fellows use their experience to become leaders in an urban school of their choice. St. James School provides job referrals to other NativityMiguel Coalition Schools. Fellows form a network of urban educators who are connecting, expanding, and strengthening the movement to give all students access to a great education.

St. James School Fellows are members of Servant Year, a 18 year old program of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, inviting young adults to serve at a partnering church, school, diocesan office, or social service agency for one or more years. Members gather for formation, community meals, meetings, fun social events as well as for professional development. Formation and vocational discernment are key components of Servant Year.

Who can be a St. James School Teaching Fellow?
St. James School welcomes women and men regardless of culture, economic status, ethnic origin, gender, physical challenge, or sexual orientation. Applicants should be between 21 and 35 years of age and have a college degree or applicable work experience. Fellows are committed to community, social justice, simple living, and spirituality. A Fellow’s year is a bounty of new experiences, so faith, flexibility, and a sense of humor are essential.

What should I think about before applying?
It’s important to reflect and discern your true motivation for wanting to apply. Apply to St. James School Teaching Fellows if your central motivation is to live the program’s values—spirituality, service, simple living, community, and social justice—and work towards educational equity for all children. Serving as a St. James Fellow is not a good choice for you if you’re applying primarily because you don’t have other plans after college, want to have a well-paying job, can’t find a job, or want to improve your resume. Full-time service is an immersive experience. If you tell yourself you can shorten your commitment when things get too difficult, you may never open your heart to the lessons you will learn about the world and about yourself.

What are the financial arrangements during the term of service?
St. James School covers travel expenses to St. James for one visit before fully committing to the program, travel home during Christmas and Spring breaks and back home for the summer recess. St. James covers costs for housing, utilities, daily lunches, community dinner once a week, gym membership and health insurance. St. James offers an education award that is equivalent to the maximum value of the Pell Grant for the year in which the term of national service is approved. This award can only be used as a benefit to support the payment of school loans. The award is currently at $5,815.00. Fellows receive a small personal stipend, and clothing stipend ($500) at the beginning of the year to use at their own discretion. Fellows share a community car for their personal use. While participating in the program, your basic needs are covered and you should not have reason to spend personal funds.

What is it like living in an intentional faith-based community?
You will live with other fellows, St. James teachers and staff, men and women who will be part of your support structure, as you all are focused on the mission of St. James School. Everyone has their own bedroom but shares bathrooms and other common spaces in the house. The house is comfortable, has Wi-Fi, cable TV and is in a park-like atmosphere on the campus of St. James School. Located less than a mile from Kelly Drive, community members can easily access Fairmount Park trails for biking, walking and running. Everyone cooks and cleans… or learns how! As a community, you agree on regular times to be together as community, discuss how to make decisions and resolve conflict, agree on community meal times, and divide household responsibilities. All community members are responsible to each other as members of the same community. Regular community meetings help keep communications channels open and expectations clear.

Guiding questions for personal statement:
What do you hope to learn? How do you hope to grow/develop as an educator over the next one to two years?
Describe your faith journey and where you currently are with your faith life.
Describe how the opportunity gap is addressed by schools such as St. James School.
What activities might you coach, advise or support that build on your own interests?
Share a story about a challenge you have faced (ideally in a work or school context)?
What is a common misconception people have of you?
Can you think of a time when you received feedback with which you did not agree? How did you handle that situation?
How are issues like education, healthcare, poverty, housing, and economic status related to White Privilege?
What would the perfect school (teaching environment) look like?
What are some qualities of an excellent teacher?

What type of commitment are you looking for?
Full time
Does this job pay?
What is the application process?
Forward a resume, two reference letters (1 professional & 1 mission related) and a personal statement to search@stjamesphila.org. Request an official transcript from your college or university and mail to St. James School, Assistant Head of School, 3217 W. Clearfield Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132
When is the application deadline?
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