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Roots Elementary Teaching Fellowship

City Year is proud to partner with Roots Elementary Teaching Fellowship so our alumni can continue to make a difference in classrooms and in the lives of students. 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 Roots Elementary Teaching Fellowship.




Roots Elementary is a new school that does school in a new way. Roots is the product of over three years of rigorous design work, drawing on best practices from high-performing schools around the country, cutting edge technology, and an innovative use of time and space that finally puts students at the center of their education.  The Roots Teaching Fellowship is an apprenticeship program in partnership with the University of Colorado that prepares you to be a phenomenal lead teacher at Roots or elsewhere after completing the one year program.

The City Year experience is a strong indicator of future success at Roots Elementary and serving a year with City Year strengthens an applicant’s application and chances for being selected as a Teaching Fellow.
  Click Here to watch a video about how teaching at Roots is unique.



Benefits offered by Roots Elementary Teaching Fellowship 

  • Earn and elementary teaching license through the University of Colorado (fully paid for by Roots)

  • Study under a phenomenal teacher to become one yourself after successful completion of the one year program

  • Teach like it’s soccer not golf by joining a team of eight educators working together with a multi-age group of K-1 or 1-2 scholars.

  • Be an innovator in your field, push the limits of what’s possible, try new things, fall on your face and try again

  • Roots will pay for your teaching license and offer a $20,000 living stipend. Other perks include health and retirement benefits, money toward a gym membership or ski pass, swag, smiles and lots of high fives


To Apply

  • Click here to access the Roots Elementary hiring portal and apply online.
  • City Year corps members and alumni should highlight their City Year experience by including it on your resume and reflecting on what you’ve learned through City Year when you complete our video interview.

    To Contact Roots Elementary

    Email the talent team (


    Please note that all admissions decisions are made by Roots Elementary. Corps members and alumni interested in the program must complete the full application process.