Teach4HK aims to recruit promising leaders from all academic disciplines and career interests; who demonstrate the capacity to positively inspire student achievement and become long-term leaders able to effect systemic change in education.
We welcome university graduates from any discipline to apply for our Fellowship Program. Recent university graduates (preferably within 2 years of working experience) and master’s students are all welcome to apply.
Since our launch in 2015, we have received over 400 strong applicants from varied backgrounds and enlisted a stronghold of 41 young leaders. Some of our Fellowship applicants have tenured or exchanged in University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of College London, Johns Hopkins University, The University of New South Wales and more.
Post recruitment, fellows are given summer trainings before teaching in their assigned schools. There are 6 forms of trainings which are conducted to prepare each fellow to mature as effective teaching members and student leaders.
Fellows undergo a series of orientation trainings to understand the Fellowship Program and obtain an opportunity to develop rapport with their peers. It is critical for fellows to establish strong team spirit and team-playing capacities as they will frequently work together during their tenure. Thus, extensive team building trainings are conducted along with a 2-day team building and leadership camp as initiations.
Fellows receive teaching trainings such as classroom management from experienced teachers and university instructors from the education faculty. We partner with professors from the Faculty of Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong to design our curriculum.
After foundational trainings, fellows are required to develop a teaching plan for their designated subjects and extracurricular learning projects. In mid-July, fellows submit their first proposal and present their ideas to experienced teachers and university instructors. Extensive feedback are given to each plan to be ready and finalized by mid-August.
Fellows are also equipped with leadership skills by partaking in various workshops and sharing sessions under the aegis of varied leaders. Guest meetings and workshops are arranged to guide and assist fellows to plan their career paths. Business leaders who shared and participated in our 2015 leadership event included Mr. Randy Belcher (CEO, Fossil Asia), Mr. Frank Wong, (President, Scholastics Asia), Mr. Adrian Teng, (Group Treasurer, Jardine) and more.
Fellows also have the chance to meet and visit our partners and afford an opportunity to explore themselves in different areas related to education. In Summer 2015, we visited education partners and institutions such as Kids4Kids, Project WeCan, The Women’s Foundation and more.
Innovation is one core value of Teach4HK’s Fellowship Program in delivering classroom curricula and extra curricular activities. We have factored this value into our summer trainings where fellows received guidance and mentorship from Ms. Ada Wong JP (Founder of HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity), Principal Chu Tze Wing (renowned tech-savvy, known for his applied tech-driven teaching approach) and Mr. Ha Chi Hung (widely regarded as an expert in “Flipping Classroom”)
Teach4HK partners with both secondary and primary schools which are home to over 50% of underprivileged students in their student population. Note that “underprivileged students” refers to students receiving government assistance (either through Comprehensive Social Security Assistance or School Textbook Assistance).
Teach4HK fellows and partner schools sign a 10-month employment contract with total living subsidies of HK$100,000.
Partner schools are required to ensure fellows enjoy basic employee benefits just as other teaching staff of the Schools including but not limited to paid holidays, retirement benefits. They would also bear any insurance and liabilities for the fellows.
Schools are responsible for completing the procedures of employing the fellows as Permitted Teachers in compliance with the rules set forward by the Education Bureau, including but not limited to completing Sexual Conviction Record Check (SCRC) Scheme.
Fellows’ work in schools falls under a Three Pillar Framework. Although flexibilities would be given to suit each school’s needs, we strive to balance the 3 pillar work.
- In-Class Teaching
Subject to School’s needs, each fellow is assigned to teach subjects relevant to his or her academic background. By being responsible for a particular class, fellows can fully access students’ learning process and can also engage in a mentor-mentee relationship with students to guide them.
- Diversified Learning Projects (ECA)
With social entrepreneurship training, Teach4HK fellows would leverage their diversified academic background and design learning projects as extracurricular activities for students. We believe through this, fellows can fully engage the students and develop their learning interests. This will also lessen the workload of the regular teaching staff at the partner schools.
- Life and Career Education
Coaching is a very important part of Teach4HK Framework. Given fellows’ teaching burden is less than of a normal teacher’s, they are allowed to spend more time coaching students individually or in a small group basis, establishing mentor-mentee relationships. Moreover, in order to enrich the underprivileged students’ horizon and guide them to plan for their career, Teach4HK partners with corporates to run school programs. For example, in 2015-16 Fellowship Year, Fossil Group, our partner has organized a watch design competition through our fellows at our partner school. Fossil sends their designers to interact with students and invite students to visit their companies and stores.
Ongoing Support and Trainings
After fellows start teaching in the classrooms, it is important for Teach4HK to build a strong support infrastructure for them so that fellows have the necessary resources and guidance to effect changes in the classrooms. They will be required to attend biweekly trainings at Teach4HK, usually via guest sharing or attending seminars.
Support infrastructure is delivered in the following 4 ways:
For each subject that the fellows are teaching, a subject teacher from the school will act as teaching mentor. Fellows can consult teaching mentors when they have questions regarding teaching the curriculum. Teaching mentors will also monitor the progress of how fellows are implementing their teaching plans.
Teach4HK fellows are university students with no prior teaching experience. It will not be easy for them to manage a class of around 30 students. Thus, Teach4HK recruit education field experts to guide the fellows in handling the administrations of classroom management.
Teach4HK aims to also help fellows build high impact careers well beyond their fellowship tenure and thus, do so by facilitating professional career guidance. According to his or her post fellowship career interests, Teach4HK will seek to source a professional in the relevant industry to be the fellow’s career mentor. The role of the career mentor is to advice and assist the fellows in planning and preparing for their post-fellowship career.
Teach4HK staff will be dedicated to address any administrative issues Teach4HK fellows might encounter.
Teach4HK does not only recruit fellows to teach at schools, we also aim to nurture fellows as future social leaders and lifelong advocates for education amongst various fields. With this in mind, Teach4HK also provides leadership and career opportunities for our fellows as explained below.
The fellowship program is a 2-way change experience. As much positive change as fellows bring to classrooms, the teaching experience will also effect a change on the fellows. Around 50% fellows of similar programs overseas continue their career as teachers in schools. We are confident that Teach4HK can achieve similar outcomes.
Thus, fellows can opt to continue their teaching career after the fellowship and Teach4HK will assist fellows in applying Post Graduate Diploma of Education (PGDE) and sourcing teaching positions depending on their needs either in partner schools or alternative ones.
If fellows decide to explore a non-teaching career, necessary recourses will be provided by Teach4HK likewise. As mentioned in the “Training and Development” Section, a dedicated business mentor will be assigned to each fellow to help drive the fellows’ career plan. Apart from that, TFHK will organize various events for fellows to participate and learn about post fellowship opportunities.
- Industry Presentation: Teach4HK invites various industry professionals to present their respective industries to the fellows. Experienced teachers and education field experts will also talk to fellows on the career path as a teacher. Through this, fellows can make informed decisions on what industry they would like to embark their career on.
- Interview Workshops: Regardless of fellows deciding to work in business fields or return to school, strong interview performance is always an essential key to gain admission into their desired internship or schools. Volunteers from Teach4HK’s Board and team will hold regular interviews and presentation skills workshops for fellows.
- Networking Opportunities: Fellows are invited to join networking events hosted by the Teach4HK Advisory Board and Young Professionals Committee. This can help fellows to build industry network and hone social skills to prepare them for future leadership roles.
In order to ensure that attractive post fellowship opportunities are available to fellows, Teach4HK will partner with various corporate and graduate schools to promote Teach4HK while secure internships and job opportunities.
TFHK’s team has discussed with various business leaders regarding our plans with many showing support and able to offer internships or job opportunities for our fellows. Our core team also has experiences running internship programs and campus recruiting in global investment banks and thus can leverage our network to help fellows.
No matter what path the graduating Teach4HK fellow takes, we believe Teach4HK will have trained and developed a cohort of future leaders with passion in education who will then make contributions to the education sector in whatever capacity they see fit.
Similar overseas programs have nurtured a strong network of alumni, who work at every level of education, policy and other professions to advocate for education. Many founders, leaders and education organizations were also part of these teaching fellowship programs. Teach4HK targets to achieve a similar outcome and help build a sustainable talent pipeline for Hong Kong’s education sector.
Thus, to start the momentum, we will begin forming our Teach4HK Alumni Society once we have the first graduating batch of fellows in July 2016. Teach4HK aims to create a network for these young people with passion for education to be our next generation of leaders.