Frequently Asked Questions
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Training for the Blueprint Fellows Program takes place prior to the start of service and is based in the city in which you will work. If you are selected for the 2017-2018 cohort, you should be prepared to start training in late July or mid-August 2017. An exact date will be provided after the position is offered, and will be based on your service location and start date. Training includes tools you will need to be successful as a Fellow, including how to plan and structure your tutorial session, how to maintain a strong culture of learning, and how to build relationships with students and families. Training culminates with the integration of the Fellows into their specific school sites.
The Blueprint Fellows program does not result in any type of teacher certification but it does help provide important skills and preparation for the teaching field. The Fellows program provides a great introduction to the field of education whether it be teaching, policy, advocacy and/or many other education-related professions. In addition, many of our Fellows apply their experiences to other fields such as youth development, international development, healthcare, social work, and law.
Compensation for the Blueprint Fellows Program varies slightly by region up to $20,000-$24,930 annually with benefits. Fellowships are full-time positions, Monday through Friday.
Through our AmeriCorps partnership, eligible Fellows qualify for additional benefits to include:
- $5,815 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for each year of service successfully completed
- Deferment of qualified student loans during your year of service
- Childcare benefits
- A national support network of members and alumni
Within a given region, Fellows specify school preferences – by grade level and program – during the application process. The final stage of the screen will consist of an interview with a particular school. Schools will be staffed on a rolling basis and the earlier you apply, the more likely your preferences will be accommodated.
Yes. As we hire and place Fellows into specific schools, we will provide the opportunity for Fellows to connect as well as give recommendations on neighborhoods and housing. Also, check back periodically for updated information on adjusting to life in our partner districts!
Our Fellows go on to do a multitude of things! Some go into teaching programs or teaching positions. Others go on to pursue a higher degree or apply their experience to other fields, such as youth development, international development, healthcare, social work, and law. A select number of Fellows even stay on to continue their service as second year Fellows.