Incentive ProgramsIn recognition of the demands of teaching in our highest-need schools, the New York City Department of Education offers financial incentives to teachers who take on challenging assignments. These include:
Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT)
Teachers of Tomorrow is a program funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to help recruit and retain newly hired traditional-pathway teachers in our highest-need schools. Currently, eligible teachers may receive an annual $3,400 TOT award for up to four years. To learn more about the TOT program, or check your eligibility status, click here.
Please note: The availability of the Teachers of Tomorrow program is contingent upon funding by NYSED each year. Eligibility or prior year participation in the program does not guarantee an award for the forthcoming school year.
To verify participating locations, please review the current list of 2012-2013 TOT schools.
Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program
If you are fluent in another language, but do not possess a Bilingual Extension to your teaching certificate(s) from NYSED, you may be eligible to participate in the Subsidized Bilingual Extension Program. This program allows teachers to immediately begin teaching bilingual classes at a school while completing coursework at a partnering university. Pending successful completion of the program, all costs are subsidized by the NYCDOE.
Lead Teacher Program
The Lead Teacher Program offers the strongest teachers the opportunity to take on a leadership role either within their school or in a new one. Lead Teachers spend 50% of their time in the classroom and the remaining 50% of their time providing professional development and support to teachers. The application for the 2013-2014 school year is now closed.
To learn more about the program, visit the NYCDOE's Teacher Page.
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