Join Roots LA

    • Reedley, CA

Become a teacher after college graduation through Roots LA! Apply by May 13th at

Who We Are

We're recruiting and training diverse college juniors who want to make a difference in Los Angeles by helping every student receive a great education. In our second year, we're selecting 50 college juniors to train in the summer before senior year and teach in Los Angeles-area public schools after graduation.

Program Overview

The first year is hard for any new teacher, and you will work in communities where systemic inequities and individual prejudices have denied too many children access to a great education. To prepare you for that challenge, you will receive intensive pre-service training and coaching through Roots LA.

Roots LA Fellows develop the skills to help students build their knowledge by making meaningful connections between challenging, meaningful content and students' unique values and experiences.

Who We Want.

We are currently seeking outstanding candidates to teach critical-need subjects, including Math, Science, Special Education and Bilingual. We are especially interested in applicants who grew up in L.A. or attended L.A. public or charter high schools.

Benefits of Roots LA

Unique Opportunity: Roots LA is the first teacher training program of its kind-offering college juniors in Los Angeles the opportunity to train to become teachers and earn a job offer before heading off into senior year.

Classroom-Centered Training: Our training is radically simple: focused practice on key skills, knowledge, and mindsets to get new teachers off to a strong start. Where traditional teacher preparation leaves little time for hands-on skill-building, our innovative training is centered around actual teaching experience and focused practice on core skills, such as reflecting on students' values, experiences, and ambitions to create opportunities for students to see themselves in challenging content that will prepare them for success.

Community-Focused: California faces an increasing shortage of qualified teachers to meet students' needs-and minority communities are bearing the brunt of this shortfall. Roots LA is recruiting and training college-aged Angelenos who want to make a difference in their home communities.

Compensation: Fellows will receive a summer stipend of $2250 for participating in the program to help you cover your cost of living over the summer.

Eligibility Requirements

Roots LA provides an accelerated path into teaching. It is specifically designed for L.A.-based college juniors without experience as a licensed teacher.

In order to be eligible to enroll for our summer training in 2019, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Current status as an undergraduate college junior on track to graduate by Spring 2020.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 and on track to graduate by Spring 2020
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Availability to attend 2019 summer training. Upon successful completion of summer training, you will have one year to meet additional requirements in order to be eligible to teach in Fall 2020.

Do not apply for this position through this website. Apply online at

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