What is the Teach Forward Houston program?
Teach Forward Houston (TFH) is a ground-breaking, prestigious fellowship developed in partnership by the forward-thinking leaders of Houston Independent School District and University of Houston. Together, we are working to ensure HISD schools are staffed with highly effective teachers who have a vested interest in improving their community through education. TFH Fellows will earn a Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Learning at University of Houston and ultimately return to the greater Houston ISD community for a minimum of four years as an HISD classroom teacher and instructional leader on the front lines of education.
Why should I be interested in this program?
If you have ever had a desire to teach and work with elementary or middle school students, are interested in attending a Tier 1 university, need help with tuition, and are interested in giving back to your community as part of a groundbreaking initiative, this is the perfect program for you. You will be part of a prestigious fellowship earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Teaching and Learning at University of Houston, while also completing the requirements for a teaching certificate to teach either elementary- or middle-school children in Texas. In addition, TFH Fellows will receive coaching, mentoring, professional development opportunities, and continued support throughout the program.
What financial assistance will I receive?
You will receive $20,000 over four years to help pay your tuition. This is in addition to all federal and state financial aid that you receive. To qualify for TFH, all applicants are required to complete the FAFSA application.
What are the requirements?
Teach Forward Houston evaluates prospective fellows holistically, considering the following: the prospective fellow is an HISD senior with a good academic record as evidenced through test scores and GPA. Additionally, prospective fellows will demonstrate participation in extracurricular activities and/or service in leadership roles, and should have a deep desire to give back to their community through education. All prospective fellows must fulfill the admission requirements for University of Houston prior to being accepted into the Teach Forward Houston program.
What will I be teaching?
The 2017 Teach Forward Houston cohort will be placed in HISD classrooms, with a focus on kindergarten through eighth grade.
What supports can I expect throughout the program?
Teach Forward Houston Fellows will receive program supports throughout their experience in the four-year degree program and also while serving as a teacher of record in HISD. HISD supports will include but are not limited to tuition assistance; designated summer-internship opportunities; prioritized hiring support, coaching, and mentoring; cohort activities; and targeted and specialized professional development opportunities.
I have several hours of college credit. May I apply?
Yes, each student’s credit hours will be evaluated upon acceptance to the program.
What happens if I leave HISD before I fulfill my four-year teaching commitment?
Each year of teaching service equates to 25 percent of the supplemental HISD tuition (loan) to be forgiven, for up to four years. If a teacher leaves prior to their four-year commitment, they will be required to pay back the prorated percentage of the supplemental tuition that was received from HISD for the years of service not completed under the commitment.
What happens at the conclusion of my teaching commitment?
While TFH Fellows will be free to choose the future direction of their career, we believe that the high-quality preparation and support the fellowship provides will position fellows for a sustained and successful career in teaching. Once selected, TFH Fellows become lifelong members of a network of intellectual leaders.
For more information, email us at TeachForwardHouston@HoustonISD.org