FAQ

A staff member in a classroom Q: How do I apply and how long is the interview process?

A: Please see the “How do I join” page for information on how to apply for a position with InspireNOLA and the interview process.

Q: What positions are available for the next school year?

A: Please see our available positions at the Apply Now page.

Q: Do you have to be certified in order to teach with InspireNOLA?

A: In general, teaching certification is strongly preferred but not required to teach with InspireNOLA. There are some other specific roles that do require certain types of certification.

Q: What other requirements do you need to teach with InspireNOLA?

A: We look for teachers that preferably have at least 2 or more years of lead teaching experience, a bachelor’s degree, a belief in the mission and values of InspireNOLA,  a proven success raising the achievement levels of historically under-served students, expertise in your content area along with strong classroom management skills, the ability to work collaboratively with school team, families, and community members, and a desire to continuously improve instructional practice and engage in ongoing professional development

Q: Do you hire first-year teachers or those new to the profession?

A: As mentioned in the previous question, we typically select candidates with 2 or more years of teaching experience. However, we do hire a limited amount of first-year teachers who usually fall into one of these categories: have completed a traditional teacher training program and student teaching or have completed an alternative teacher training program leading to certification.

Q: How much is a teacher’s salary?

A: Our competitive salary schedule is directly based on years of relevant experience, certification status, and level of degree.

Q: How are teachers evaluated?

A: Teachers are evaluated using the TAP evaluation model adapted from the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET).

Q: Where are your schools located?

A:  All of our schools are located in the city of New Orleans. For the 20-21 school year, we will have 5 schools on the East Bank and 3 on the West Bank of the city. For specific locations, please see the “Our Schools” page for links to each school’s website.

Q: What type of benefits do you offer?

A: InspireNOLA offers the following available types of insurance: medical, vision, life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment, long and short-term disability. We also offer a tuition reimbursement program, annual leave in addition to federal holidays, fall break, Mardi Gras break, spring break, and summer vacation, annual health and wellness clinics, and contribution in TRSL.

Q: Do you participate in TRSL (Teacher’s Retirement System of Louisiana)?

A: Yes, all InspireNOLA contributes to TRSL and all employees must contribute as well. 

Q: What kinds of professional development do you offer?

 A:  We offer a number of ongoing opportunities for professional development including the following: weekly content area cluster meetings, network-wide summer PD the week before school starts, quarterly school-wide PD days, and additional external professional development based on need and approval.

Q: Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

 A:  Please email the Talent Team at careers@inspirenolaschools.org

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