Finding the right school can be hard - our goal is to connect progressive schools with diverse educators who share the same educational beliefs, values, and goals. The PTOC fair was co-founded by two classroom teachers in 2015, who recognized the need for more teachers of color in progressive schools in New York City, and who wanted to create a space where teachers could meet with both public and charter schools. It has quickly grown into one of the most well-attended teacher job fairs in New York City.
We believe that education works best when teachers and schools are a good "match" for each other. The schools attending this fair tend to favor more responsive, progressive practices over the "no-excuses" model. Educators will be looking for schools with features such as: collaborative learning, a responsive curriculum with a heavy emphasis on social justice, holistic testing, project based learning, LGBTQ friendly policies, expeditionary learning, and Restorative Justice practices. Schools who feel their educational philosophy is a good fit for this job fair are invited to register.
In order to maintain the intimate nature of the fair and to maintain our unique balance of public and charter schools, we limit the number of charter schools that can register. Additionally, we prioritize progressive independent schools that are not part of a large network and have fewer resources. If your school is part of a charter management organization or a charter network of any size, do not register without contacting us first for more detailed guidance.