NYU Teacher Residency Program with Inwood Academy for Leadership

Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter

The Inwood Academy for Leadership logo

The Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School (IAL) serves grades 5-12 in the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of New York City. Its mission is to empower students to become agents for change through community-focused leadership, character development, and college preparedness.

Inwood Academy for Leadership was founded on the premise that education can help break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations. Since opening its doors in 2010, the school has successfully supported the range of needs that its students require to be successful. It ultimately aims to create responsible young leaders with multiple pathways to succeed in life. 

A key ingredient to the school’s vision and success is its commitment to training and coaching for teachers. Inwood Academy for Leadership employs teachers who possess a deep desire to understand the energy, organization, motivation, and innovation required to ensure student success. And as a new teacher, you certainly don’t do this alone. Hands-on coaching lets you ask questions and improve your practice, academic intervention teams provide guidance, and extensive administrative support allows you to focus on teaching. 

Student population

92% Latino
7% Black or African American


Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch


Spanish is the Primary Language Spoken at Home


Qualify for Special Education Services

Charter initiatives

  • Engage students to learn via a rigorous Common Core-based curriculum in a safe and supportive classroom environment
  • Leveraging an inclusive design. IAL serves a high percentage of English language learners and students with emotional or learning challenges through a rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum and individualized goals.
  • Strong character development. IAL believes that honesty, integrity, responsibility, caring, and restraint are traits that contribute to well-rounded individuals who care, give back, and lead.
  • Focused on building community and leadership. IAL forms relationships with families and fosters meaningful connections for students with the neighborhood and local businesses.

The details

  • 30-credit master of arts in teaching (MAT) program
  • Meet online with NYU Steinhardt faculty and peers twice per week in the evening for your course work ~15 hours/week
  • ~40 hours/week in classroom residency at partner location
  • Tuition subsidy and stipend or wage from partner school
  • Two-year commitment following residency required
  • Full-day cost details

As a resident, you'll work full time under a mentor teacher and have the opportunity to support students daily. Your role in the classroom increases over the course of the year – progressing from working with students one-on-one to facilitating small group discussions, and eventually lead-teaching up to three periods a day. Here are some more details about being a resident at Inwood Academy for Leadership (IAL).

Please note that current IAL staff members are given priority for resident positions.

During residency year

Estimated Stipend/Wage
(Resident role subject to change by Inwood Academy for Leadership)
Health Insurance Provided by charter network
Start Date August 2023

After residency year

Job After Graduation After successful completion of the program, you will have a job waiting for you as a teacher in Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School. In exchange for providing a master’s subsidy and funding to offset your living expenses during your residency year, IAL requires you to make a commitment to teach in the school for a minimum of two years after earning your degree.
Estimated Starting Salary with Master’s Degree and Certification $65,000

The figures above are estimates provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee these amounts.

 I was scared because I didn’t know what online learning looked like and wondered how I would stay on top of myself if it’s all online. How would I hold myself accountable to complete the work, especially with group projects and things of that nature? But the online tools actually helped me manage my workload.

graduate, 2019 cohort,
Prospect Schools, Brooklyn

 We know that the benefits of creating a more diverse teacher workforce are widespread; they are long-lasting, and they are life-changing.

Diana Turk
Director of Teacher Education; Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning at NYU Steinhardt; Co-Director, NYU Teacher Residency

 What drew me in the most was that it was very hands-on; I could be in the classroom for the whole year. I really appreciated that you didn’t switch schools throughout the program.

graduate, 2019 cohort,
Syracuse City School District