Golden Apple partners with school districts or charter operators who value diversity and highly effective teaching - understanding that the combination of the two allows their students to learn, grow, and reach their full potential. Our model is a long-term solution to recruiting talented teachers who stay.
Why hire a Golden Apple Scholar?
Retention. Over 80% of Golden Apple Scholars remain full-time teachers beyond five years, despite the challenging environments in which they work.
Mentorship Support. Scholars receive two years of direct support from Golden Apple Mentors.
Advanced Preparation. Golden Apple provides cutting-edge instructional approaches that include trauma-informed training, personalized learning and the importance of civic engagement to ensure that Scholars are well-prepared to succeed in some of Illinois’ most challenging schools.
Partner school districts receive:
Access to resumes of new and veteran teachers who are seeking employment throughout the state
Preferred access to the Golden Apple job board which is only available to Golden Apple Scholars and alumni
Scholar placement services
Scholars may teach at any school-of-need in Illinois, but we are proud to strategically partner with the following school districts:
Golden Apple Accelerators Program
We are beyond excited to announce that the Illinois General Assembly awarded the Golden Apple Foundation funds to start the Golden Apple Accelerators program. We are grateful to the General Assembly for listening as superintendents and principals across the state articulated the pressing need for teachers, and we are especially grateful that Golden Apple Accelerators can be part of a solution. With the funds provided in the State’s 2020 fiscal year budget, we are recruiting future teachers for the new GA Accelerator program.
During this first year, we will recruit 50 people. We are looking for seniors in college not in a teacher prep program and for people with bachelor’s degrees, but not prepared or certified as a teacher all of whom are from communities outside of Northeast Illinois and able to commit to teaching in targeted districts and regions of need for four years across Illinois out of Northeast Illinois.
We are also looking to partner with 3 – 6 districts or regions that have high need, high vacancy rates, and wish to partner with a traditional teacher prep program immediately.
The GA Accelerators program is NOT an alternative certification program. Our program focuses on people who are now interested in teaching, but did not receive teacher training during their undergraduate education, and our program emphasizes the hands-on residency portion of the program that serves the dual purpose of providing immediate assistance to districts and better preparing teachers.
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program is proud to partner with over 50 universities in Illinois. Golden Apple is committed to working side-by-side with our university partners to provide Golden Apple Scholars with superior teacher preparation to ensure they are ready to teach in schools-of-need on day one.
Registered Student Organizations are at many universities for students seeking a career in teaching, including Golden Apple Scholar cohorts.
University Partners can contact us via the button below with questions about the Scholars Program, Summer Institute partnerships or other general inquiries.
Golden Apple partners with leading education nonprofits to enhance the curriculum and pre-service teacher preparation for Scholars.
During Scholar Institutes, education nonprofits partner with us to provide cutting-edge instructional approaches that include trauma-informed training, personalized learning and the importance of civic engagement to ensure that Scholars are well-prepared to succeed in some of Illinois’ most challenging schools.