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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching
Case Study

New York: Flooding a District with Talent


New York City Department of Education

Project Dates

2000 – Present


New York City, New York

Area of Work

Recruitment, Training

In 2000, New York City faced a chronic teacher shortage. More than 11,000 uncertified teachers—or 1 in 6 teachers—worked in the nation's largest district, predominantly in low-income schools.

To attract more qualified new teachers, TNTP and the New York City Department of Education launched the New York City Teaching Fellows program in 2000.

The selective program recruits talented people from all walks of life and trains them to teach critical subjects such as math, science and special education. Fellows are also highly diverse: 55 percent of 2014 NYC Fellows were people of color, compared to 18 percent nationally.

Nearly 19,000 NYC Fellows have joined city schools since 2001, replacing uncertified teachers and transforming teacher quality. Together, they account for one-fifth of the city’s math, science and special education teachers.

And a decade later, Fellows continue to shape city schools: some 450 have assumed leadership roles as principals and administrators.


Christine Rhyner


Crystal McQueen

Project Director

Carly Glazer

Director of Training and Instruction

Shauna Hart

Program Director

Anna Kelly

Director of Talent Sourcing

Julia Zweig

Site Manager