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Jan. 21st, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry :( When was your interview?
Jan. 21st, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
December 9, and I thought I performed really well at the interview so I was expecting at least to get waitlisted or something.... I think it might have been because I'm not from NYC and I'm a senior in college (I was the only one in my room under the age of 30 and not a career-changer)
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Jan. 21st, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Me too! O well, I'm sadden but at least the waiting is over. Now I can breath and move on.

Peace & Blessings.

Good luck to everybody else.
Jan. 21st, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Teach For America here I come...
I wasnt accepted oh well..
Sooner or Later it all comes crashing down - (Anonymous) - Jan. 21st, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 21st, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
status change
i got a decision pending!

Thank you for your continued interest in the NYC Teaching Fellows Program. At this time, we are reviewing your candidacy for the June 2009 program. Because of uncertainty about the budget, which will impact hiring needs for next school year, we are deferring admissions decisions until we have more information that enables us to better project the need for new Teaching Fellows.

Although we are unable to provide you with a final notification at this time, please be aware that you are part of a select group of applicants, and we will strongly consider your candidacy for our program. We expect to inform you of your final admissions decision by no later than Friday, March 27.

We thank you for your patience as you continue through the application process, and we appreciate your dedication to raising student achievement in the NYC classrooms that need you most. If you have any additional questions about the Fellowship, please do not hesitate to contact us at fellows@schools.nyc.gov or 718.935.4101.

i was december 9
Jan. 21st, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: status change
I received the same email. I wonder how many Fellows will be accepted for 2009 and if any acceptances were sent out. Good luck!!!
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Jan. 21st, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
Don't be too down!

I'm also fresh out of college. I got rejected from Teach for America and spent a little while mourning the loss. Then I looked around and applied for a bunch of Teaching Fellow programs, and got interviews with 8. I ended up going to 4 and getting accepted into 3.

The interviews are almost identical so if you try again, you'll have the advantage of experience!
Jan. 21st, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind me asking, what other programs did you apply to? I know DC and Chicago have similar programs, in addition to TFA, but I just moved to NYC so I'm reluctant to move anywhere else again in June. Grad school is an option if NYCTF doesn't work out (I'm decision pending) but I'm wondering what other programs are out there. Alternately, has anyone applied to any grad programs in NY? I was a Journalism major, so my number one goal would be to get certified, first and foremost.
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About the DC Teaching Fellow - (Anonymous) - Feb. 11th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: About the DC Teaching Fellow - jangel86 - Feb. 11th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 22nd, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
I'm logging in right now...
And I've been rejected.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
I received the decision pending letter. Has anyone at all been outright accepted?

Just curious - can someone post the rejection letter. I'd just like to see how they worded it.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
Thank you for your interest in the NYC Teaching Fellows program. We appreciate the time and energy you have devoted to the application process and your desire to close the achievement gap. We have completed a final review of your application, and unfortunately, you have not been admitted to the Fellowship.

As you may know, the applicant pool for the Teaching Fellows program is extremely competitive. Each year we receive far more applications from qualified individuals than we have positions available.

We wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Vicki Bernstein, Executive Director
Teacher Quality and Recruitment
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Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
just curious- for those who got a decision pending- what subjects are you looking to teach?
Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
English. Originally I was only eligible to teach bilingual & elementary, but they say you can appeal your subject eligibility once you're in the program. I have 33 hours of English credit, but technically it wasn't my major.
What about other decision pending folks - what subjects?
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Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)

I interviewed on Dec 2nd, the very first day. So, I should have heard back from them by now ... but nothing. No rejection letter. No waitlist letter. Nothing.


Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Have all gone out? I was Dec 18th haven't heard anything?
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Jan. 22nd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
So, the only real pattern here is that it seems like nobody has gotten an acceptance letter. So it is possible than any such decisions are being pushed off until March.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
What of people who interviewed in Dec that haven't heard anything!?
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Jan. 22nd, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)

I don't know where whoever posted earlier got their information, but I just called the office (2 minutes ago), January 22 and the girl told me that NO ONE was accepted! They're just giving out decision pending or denials!!! We still have a chance!!

Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Did she say why and wen they will start accepting? I wonder if an of the accepted mid year fellows will still get in.
Re: NO ONE WAS ACCEPTED - (Anonymous) - Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: NO ONE WAS ACCEPTED - (Anonymous) - Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jan. 23rd, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
Hi again all,
Another aspect of this:

1. There are still a *lot* of people in the reserves (not just fellows, though I know that as of the December cutoff date, there were 81 fellows reserved), and they just made a deal that created a lot of incentives for schools to hire those in the ATR rather than new teachers they may have hired for the lower salaries (teacher salaries come out of the school's budget. the longer a teacher works equals the more a school pays).

2. Budgets are DISMAL this year; the mayor cut a LOT of funding for education, the union is calling for teacher action, and a lot of jobs/schools are at risk. I'm sure the fellows doesn't want to deal with the nightmare situation of fellows being placed in the ATR for the second year running.

3. High-need areas are blurry lines; for instance, I know they said math, but a ton of math fellows couldn't get jobs. And many teachers who would have retired/changed career paths/gone to school full time/taken maternity leave/gone on extended leave for other reasons won't do that because of the current economy. Personally, I am *ecstatic* to be teaching science right now; my previous field was non-profit and forget about a career in that right now...

So I guess what I'm saying is...the economy may very well be what is killing your chances, not necessarily any 'mistake' on your part, or in your interview. And believe me when I tell you that this will be the hardest thing you have ever undertaken, with the least support you have ever gotten (from the program, from your university, sometimes even from your actual school). Prepare for the worst; your first few months will be worse than pretty much anyone can imagine. That said, I am still happy that I am teaching...
Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
I have been reading about all this, schools closings as well, and chancellor klein wants to cut out the fellowship program. Do you think the tuition will go up from $6.600 that they expect fellows to pay back for masters? Where are you currently teaching?
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Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
decision pending
I too got a decision pending letter, and interviewed on Dec 11th. I nearly gave myself a heart attack opening up the email, only to find I have to wait longer! I guess I'm just happy knowing they're finally making some decisions, even if that means being in limbo for a couple more months...
Jan. 23rd, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
I am disappointed that I'm not decision pending / accepted because I really want to teach. I've just decided that this happened for a reason and I have to follow the path that was laid out for me (not to force spirituality on any1, just my beliefs). I feel in my soul that teaching is for me and I plan to stay here in VA and make a difference in our schools, where help is needed also. I am not sad because I don't feel like I did poorly on any portion of my interview, maybe not perfect or what they were looking for, but I know it wasn't poor. Everybody around me wants to know why I wasn't accepted because they know I would make a wonderful teacher. I wasn't nervous at all during my interview. So I could speculate all day but I'll never truly know the real reason for my "rejection".

Ppl also wanna know if I'll apply again. Probabaly and probably not. If I don't get into another program or grad program then maybe. If I get into another program or grad then I'll say maybe not. Plus, I don't know if I should because I was myself the entire time and wouldn't change a thing about my interview process. Even feel confident about my assessments.

All of that to say, to those who did not and/or will not get accepted just know that there are plenty of opportunities around the country to follow your dreams. I just hope that there will be enough jobs for the accepted and that they are truly dedicated to closing the achievement gap. Either route we take, it's going to be challenging.

Congrats to those who are moving forward with NYCTF and good luck to the rest of us.

Jan. 24th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
What was your GPA and resume? What subject area did you apply for?
I believe the interview is just one part, so even if you did perfect on it they may be looking for people with different backgrounds. I am still at Interview Completed, I called a couple of colleges and was thinking of going Alternate Route in NJ. I have two job offers right now (not teaching) and thinking this may not be the year to do this. I am hearing horror stories from my friends about the DOE, they have been teachers for over a decade and just sound jaded to me. There are other programs out there, not to mention you can always go to grad school at night - we may not be teaching in September but then you have more freedom than the fellowship allows as to borough choice, if you are not from NY there are huge difference b/t the boroughs. Good Luck to everyone, I did not even get a status change yet. It is almost worst getting decision pending then you are just hanging on until at least the end of March but I suppose Interview Completed may stay at that status for months to come as well. Good Luck to All.
(no subject) - lv2lrn2lv - Jan. 27th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Finally got an update today. Decision pending, just the rest of ya.

Well, back to the waiting game.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
i selected high school science as my subject..and i have decision pending as well. i dont think anyone got accepted yet. gotta wait for albany bailout
Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
I hate to tell you this, but even with bailout NYC is still goin to cut their budget. Last year they wre given 600 million more for education, and they still had to cut their budget. The Mayor of NYC still has control over he schools so hecan decide what he wans to happen. He want teacher layoffs, the UFT is sayno layoffs just have a hiring freeze. So either way it does not look go0d for teachers.Go on web site Gotham schools.,
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