Our model

To build a growing movement of leaders, Teach For India runs a two year Fellowship and supports an unstoppable Alumni movement.

The Teach For India Fellowship is an opportunity for India’s brightest and most promising youth, from the nation’s best universities and workplaces, to serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in under-resourced schools. Through two years of teaching and working with key education stakeholders, our Fellows are exposed to the grassroot realities of India’s education system and cultivate the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to attain positions of leadership in and beyond education, working collectively to build a vibrant movement for educational equity across India

The Teach For India Alumni movement is a growing community who work towards educational equity at all levels of the education system. Alumni start their own organizations or hold key positions of leadership, both within and beyond the education sector, enabling them to impact the lives of millions of children collectively.

Teach For India’s model starts with a selective recruitment and selection process, focuses on ongoing teacher training and leadership development, measures the impact of students and the leadership growth of Fellows and culminates in the impact Alumni have on the education system.

Teach For India Fellows commit two years, full-time, to providing their students with the opportunities that can put them on a different life path.The Fellowship journey is one of teaching and learning, of working for children while developing your leadership. Our Fellows are on a mission to end educational inequity for their children, and through this, they develop a long-term commitment to multiplying that impact as Alumni.

Each Fellow is assigned a classroom in one of Teach For India’s placement cities, and charged to teach academics, values and mindsets and to give their students the access and exposure they need to reach their personal, long-term visions. Our framework for leadership at Teach For India is called the Leadership Development Journey, and is centered around three commitments:

- The Commitment to Personal Transformation: Exploring who you are, your purpose, and striving to be a better person.

- The Commitment to Collective Action: Building relationships and organizing partners to multiply and deepen our impact.

- The Commitment to Educational Equity: Deepening our understanding of educational equity and committing to attaining it.

Fellows work on these commitments in and beyond the full-time lab of their classroom, where they relentlessly focus on moving their students towards “path-changing” learning, the highest level of our Student Vision Scale.

By growing in the 3 commitments, and embedded with real life leadership experiences in the classrooms and communities, Fellows are ready to be lifelong learners and leaders for greater impact on children.

1. Recruitment & Selection

We recruit our country’s most promising college graduates and working professionals.

Fellows complete a rigorous, multi-stage selection process where they are evaluated for core competencies that are important for success within and beyond the Fellowship.

In the past decade, 120,000 people have applied to the Teach For India Fellowship.

Our selectivity ranges from 6.00-8.36% competing with leading universities.

2. School Placements

We place Fellows for two years in full-time teaching positions in high-need government or low-income private schools; schools where poverty and other factors may limit our students’ choices in the future. Fellows teach in grades 1-10 and are either class teachers or subject teachers. All placement schools are English medium.

This year, our Fellows work across 250 schools in 7 cities.

3. Training and Support

Our pre-service and in-service training and support is designed to equip Fellows with the knowledge, skills and mindsets to become effective teachers and leaders.

Institute: Prior to being placed in a school, Fellows undergo a rigorous pre-service training program that focuses on classroom practice and leadership development. At Institute, Fellows learn world-class pedagogy (e.g. lesson planning, vision setting, classroom culture) and content instruction, and also begin to develop the mindsets and beliefs needed to drive transformational change within education. They practice their teaching at Summer School during Institute training. Fellows leave institute with a strong network of people who will be their support system through the Fellowship.

Ongoing Support: Throughout the two years, Fellows receive ongoing support through a combination of in-person training sessions, leadership forums, as well as online training courses and resources. In addition, each Fellow has a full-time Program Manager who provides on the ground, intensive technical, leadership and emotional support.

4. Curriculum and Leadership Development

Our Fellows work towards an India that is free of poverty and filled with love. All of us work towards three commitments.

Commitment to Self: I discover myself and prepare for a life of my choice

Commitment to Other: I accelerate the learning of others to unleash their potential

Commitment to India: I work in partnership for educational equity

Our well-researched 8 C’s - courage, compassion, curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, consciousness and communication - are what students and Fellows practice each day as they work towards three commitments to self, other and India.

Our student vision is holistic and integrates Academic Achievement, Values and Mindsets and Exposure and Access, equipping our students to graduate from school and live a life of their choice.

5. Impact Measurement

We use a number of metrics and assessment tools to measure our efforts.

Reading Comprehension and Mathematics: All of Teach For India’s students take bi-annual standardized assessments, developed in partnership with an external assessment company, to measure progress on reading comprehension and mathematics.

Personal Growth: Using standardized rubrics and sampled surveys, we measure personal, non-academic growth that includes values, mindsets, and exposure and access.

Ongoing Studies: In addition to internal assessments, we participate in longitudinal studies to measure the academic and non-academic effects of our program over time.

6. Alumni Impact

While the Fellowship is an intense journey, fraught with challenges to learn leadership from, it is only the beginning. At the end of two years, Fellows are inducted into the Alumni movement, where they find their piece in the puzzle of educational inequity. Fellows work from diverse places in the puzzle, building a movement for educational equity. Teach For India continues to learn from, connect and support Alumni as they strive to have greater impact on the education system.

Our 3400+ Alumni impact 1 million children directly and touch the lives of 33 million children - one in every ten Indian children.