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
Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT) is a program funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) intended to help recruit and retain eligible newly hired teachers working in some of the City's highest-needs schools. Currently, eligible teachers may receive an annual $3,400 TOT award for up to four years. To see the 2015-2016 TOT school list, please click here.
There is no application for the program. Teachers eligible for a TOT award are notified via email each year with further guidance and instruction (preliminary eligible recipients will be notified before the end of the school year). To see the complete list of eligibility requirements, please click here.
Awards have already been granted for service during the 2014-2015 school year. Please continue to check this webpage for updates regarding the 2015-2016 TOT program. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New teachers serving in low income schools or shortage subject areas may be eligible for federal programs that cancel or defer some Perkins, Stafford, and Direct loans. Click here to find out more.
The Scholarship Program
The Scholarship Program offers selected individuals an opportunity to pursue a master's or bachelor's degree in specified bilingual and monolingual areas of education and pupil personnel services. A full scholarship is offered in exchange for a service commitment. Currently, scholarships are available for bilingual special education and monolingual and bilingual visually impaired degrees. In addition, scholarships are available in the following speech and clinical school positions: monolingual and bilingual speech and hearing handicapped and bilingual school counseling, psychology, and social work
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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