Frequently Asked Questions
Most of your day will be spent providing small group instruction to middle or high school students in math and/or in English. You will also have secondary support roles that directly impact the academic achievements of students. These projects may include providing in-class or curriculum support, organizing or leading after-school clubs, among other things. Roles are decided by matching Great Oaks Fellows Members’ skills, strengths, preferences and career goals with the needs of the school.
For the 2020-2021 school year, we were awarded 270 National AmeriCorps slots. As AmeriCorps members, fellows will also be eligible for AmeriCorps benefits as defined by the AmeriCorps contract including:
- The Segal Education Award after your full term of service of $ 6,345.00. The Segal Education Award is good for seven years from the end of service and can be used to repay qualified student loans or for future education at eligible schools. You can find additional information about the Segal Education Award here.
- Possible forbearance of qualified student loans. Note that interest continues to accrue. However accrued interest on qualified loans is eligible for payment by the National Service Trust.
- Childcare benefits if you qualify.
- Member Assistance Program offering services such as counseling and financial planning resources.
During our selection process, a member of the recruitment team will speak to you about our different school communities. Based upon the conversation the recruiter will suggest the community that would be the best fit, however, candidate preferences will be taken into account. Final placement will be based off of candidate’s skills, preference and the needs and vacancies in each of our school communities.
No, it is not required. We know that living with fellow Great Oaks Fellows members can ease the transition to a new location and contribute to fellows sense of mission, therefore improving the Great Oaks Fellows year experience. For those reasons, we generally prefer that Great Oaks Fellows members live in the residences. However, fellows may elect to live offsite. Please note that we are unable to provide any additional monetary benefit if you do not elect to live in the provide Great Oaks accommodations.
Fellows will be sent a housing survey close to the start of your term of service to pair roommates. Factors such as gender, cleanliness, personality, interests and sleep schedule will be considered when making the pairings. We aim to place fellows with roommates that match their preferences. However, as always, a certain amount of flexibility will be necessary when living in shared housing.
The commitment runs from the beginning of August through the end of June. We generally follow the same calendar as the Public Schools (Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring breaks, federal holidays, etc.) with some exceptions. Check out each of our schools’ pages to get an idea of what next year’s calendar will be like.
Great Oaks Fellows members interested in the Teacher Residency can apply after having been accepted into the Great Oaks Fellows. Candidates can e-mail Riley Hasson at [email protected] for more details.
It is preferable that candidates attend an in-person interview at one of our campuses. This allows candidates to meet members of our school community, visit our school location and the surrounding neighborhood, as well as work directly with our students. However, we do understand that this may not be possible for everyone and therefore we do offer video interviews as an alternative to a school visit.
Due to the eligibility requirements, a student on an F-1 visa would not be able to serve in the AmeriCorps program. Permanent residency or citizenship is required.
Yes, we love referrals! We offer a referral bonus for anyone that is hired and serves in our Corps. Please e-mail CJ Ingersoll at [email protected] for details.
If you’d like to receive more information about Great Oaks’ transformative Great Oaks Fellows program, please email Riley Hasson at [email protected] to set up a call.
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