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Career Partnership with Center for Inspired Teaching
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City Year is proud to partner with the Inspired Teaching Residency so our alumni can continue to lead on transformational change on pressing social problems. This partnership reflects the shared visions and values of both organizations, and their belief that young people can keep students on track to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. City Year strengthens an applicant’s competitiveness and chances for being selected for the Inspired Teaching Residency.



The Inspired Teaching Residency prepares exceptional individuals for successful and sustainable careers as teachers and changemakers in Washington, DC. Truly valuing the complexity and importance of the teaching profession, the Inspired Teaching Residency recognizes that investing the necessary time into teacher preparation is in the best interest of students. Inspired Teaching Fellows benefit from the seamless connection of theory and practice before entering classrooms as teachers of record.

During the residency year, each Fellow begins graduate coursework and trains in the classroom of a lead teacher, learning professional best practices while immersed in the realities of day-to-day teaching responsibilities. During the fellowship year, Fellows obtain positions as teachers of record in DC public and public charter schools, continue to take graduate coursework grounded in a research-based philosophy of teaching and learning, and receive intensive classroom support.

At the end of the program, Fellows are granted a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Trinity Washington University, as well as certification from Inspired Teaching in early childhood, elementary, or K-12 special education. The Inspired Teaching Residency is rooted in the belief that teachers, as Instigators of Thought®, can be changemakers in their classrooms, schools, and society as a whole. Becoming a part of Inspired Teaching means joining a movement to change the way children are educated. 

The City Year experience is a strong indicator of future success and serving a year with City Year strengthens an applicant’s application and chances for being selected as an Inspire Teaching Fellow. Click here to learn more about the Inspired Teaching Residency.


Benefits offered by the Inspired Teaching Residency

  • Receive a DC teaching license in early childhood (PreK-3rd) or elementary (1st-6th) education, with the option of a dual certification in elementary and inclusive education.

  • Experience a residency year, training in the classroom of a lead teacher and learning best practices while immersed in the realities of daily teaching responsibilities.

  • Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity Washington University through a customized program of graduate coursework.

  • Benefit from intensive classroom mentoring, receiving constructive feedback, instructional coaching, and personal support.

  • Learn to be an Instigator of Thought®, teaching students how to think through Inspired Teaching’s inquiry-based and student-centered instructional model.

  • Serve as a full-time AmeriCorps member, joining a national network of individuals committed to public service and gaining access to benefits including a financial education award, childcare benefits, and student loan deferment.

  • Join a network of educational changemakers and influence the education landscape both inside and outside of the classroom, working to transform education as a means of achieving social justice. 


To Apply

  • Click here to learn more and apply for the Inspired Teaching Residency.
  • Start date:  July 2019
  • City Year corps members and alumni should highlight their City Year experience on their resume as well as on the online application. City Year members should check off that they have completed (or are enrolled in) an AmeriCorps program, and list the year and city they served with City Year.


To Contact the Admissions Office


Please note that all admissions decisions are made by the Center for Inspired Teaching. Corps members and alumni interested in the program must complete the full application process.