Urban Dove

Urban Dove Charter Schools logo

Located in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Urban Dove Charter Schools (UD) serve over-aged, under-credited students through a three-year, project-based, personalized instructional program. All students partake in a sports- and fitness-based program to develop teamwork, healthy competition, and self-confidence.

UD leverages a sports-themed high school and combines the rigor of academics with real-world vocational programs and college- and career-readiness to help at-risk students succeed. At UD, three core values guide the school culture: teamwork, leadership, and communication. UD uses a sports and fitness theme to engage students — rather than just being part of a school, students are part of a team first. In these teams that are divided by gender, students go to class together and receive support services while being supported by a coach who mentors, guides, and counsels them as students, athletes, and citizens.

Teachers commit to preparing students for higher education and the workforce through building confidence, encouraging high expectations, and teaching life skills.  Every classroom has a general education teacher and a special education teacher, and all teachers practice restorative justice. You will always have two mentors to support you as you develop in the profession. If you want to make a difference in the lives of students who otherwise have struggled in traditional settings, Urban Dove is for you.

Student Population:
Urban Dove I

75% Black
25% White

Student Population:
Urban Dove II

66% Hispanic
31% Black


Qualify for Special Education Services


English Language Learners (Bronx)


English Language Learners (Brooklyn)

Charter Initiatives

  • Leveraging Competency-Based Education. Teachers at UD are continuously working on the latest CBE instructional methods.
  • Advancing Reading Levels and Cross-Content Literacy. Literacy is at the core of all subjects. UD works to get students to become skilled and confident readers.
  • Committed to Special Education. The faculty are focused on ensuring that effective specially designed instruction practices are deployed and that there are explicit interventions for special education students.

The Details

As a teacher resident, you’ll be an associate teacher in your content area. This means you’ll work alongside another teacher and gain responsibility throughout the year.

During Residency Year

Estimated Stipend/Wage
Health Insurance Full Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits
Start Dates VIRTUAL: End of June 2020
ON-GROUND: End of August 2020

After Residency Year

Job After Graduation Teacher (Full-Time) After successful completion of the program, you will have a job waiting for you as a teacher at Urban Dove. In exchange for providing a master’s subsidy, and funding to offset your living expenses during your residency year, Urban Dove requires you to make a commitment to teach there for at least two years after earning your degree.

The job placement offer is provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee job placement.

Estimated Starting Salary with Master’s Degree $68,277

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

 We built this program from the ground up, and [the faculty] all agreed on starting with the ideas of building community and understanding identity.

Heather Woodley
Co-Director of NYU Teacher Residency; Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL, Bilingual Education, and Foreign Language Education,
NYU Steinhardt

More than 50% of teacher residents identify as people of color

 Whether you aspire to become a special education teacher in an integrated co-teaching classroom or a US history teacher for Advanced Placement students, this program offers the skills needed to connect with, engage, empower, challenge, and reach all of your students.

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