Urban Teacher Recruitment Grant by Selected
about the grant
$100K grant to support teacher recruitment efforts of high needs PK-12 schools, networks, and districts, particularly in the wake of financial hardship due to COVID-19.

2020 grantees


Academy for Young Writers (New York, NY)
Achievement Prep Academy (Washington DC)
Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools (Baltimore, MD)
Arizona Charter Academy (Phoenix, AZ)
Community Charter School of Cambridge (Boston, MA)
Cresthaven Academy Charter School (Plainfield, NJ)
Foundation Academy Charter School (Trenton, NJ)
The Foundation for Hispanic Education (San Jose, CA)
Hellenic Classical Charter Schools (New York, NY)
Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (Washington DC)
ICEF Public Schools (Los Angeles, CA)
Kingsman Academy Public Charter School (Washington DC)
Lighthouse Community Public Schools (Oakland, CA)
Manzanita Middle Charter School (Richmond, CA)
Multicultural Learning Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Preparatory Charter School for Mathematics, Science, Technology & Careers (Philadelphia, PA)
Springfield Prep Charter School (Springfield, MA)
Summit Academy (New York, NY)
Union Elementary School District (Tolleson, AZ)
Washington Heights and Inwood (WHIN) Music Community Charter School (New York, NY)

Grantees receive an invite credit balance of $5,000 to connect with their own pre-vetted, curated pool of teachers and school leaders on Selected.


How the grant program can help.

The purpose of the Urban Teacher Recruitment Grant Program (“Grant Program”) is to support the outreach and recruitment efforts of high needs schools with demonstrated financial hardship due to COVID-19.


What is Selected?


Selected is dedicated to connecting schools with the most relevant, committed, and diverse teachers. Our teacher outreach and hiring platform matches schools with a pre-vetted, qualified, and diverse pool of Pre-K to 12 teachers in urban metro areas throughout the Northeast US, California, Arizona, and Texas.

We have helped schools reduce their cost per teacher hire to as low as $300 by simplifying teacher outreach so schools can run an efficient selection process, and have continued to raise the bar on candidate diversity (e.g., 45% are people of color) and quality (e.g., 90% are certified).

Learn more about Selected and hiring results.


Is my school, network, or district eligible?

  • Be a PK-12 school with school-level hiring functions* - OR network/district of 10 or fewer schools - in at least one of the metros where Selected operates
  • Serve a significant percentage of students from high needs or low income families
  • Demonstrate significant financial hardship or adverse impact to recruitment and sourcing function by COVID-19
  • Demonstrate proficiency in recruitment and selection
  • Share data related to historical hiring results and resource spend
  • Commit to sharing hiring data and results during the course of the grant, if awarded
  • Be in operation for at least one full academic year
  • Cannot be a for-profit entity, or by owned by a for-profit entity
  • Complete online application by deadline
  • * What are school-level hiring functions? Having the hiring autonomy, authority, and budget at the school level to be able to source and hire teachers.

Metro areas served

INclusive of cities and surrounding communities
  • AZ: Phoenix and Tucson
  • CA: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area (SF, Oakland, San Jose), and Sacramento-Stockton
  • CT: Bridgeport, New Haven, and Stamford
  • DC: Washington DC
  • MA: Boston and Springfield
  • MD: Baltimore
  • NJ: Camden, Newark, and Trenton
  • NY: New York City
  • PA: Philadelphia
  • TX: Austin, San Antonio, and Midland-Odessa
  • Not in your region? Let us know and you'll be among the first to know when we arrive.


Early decision* deadline: 11:59 p.m. (EST) on June 16, 2020.
Final deadline: 
11:59 p.m. (EST) on June 30, 2020.
Note: Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt. Contact us with any questions.

Semi-finalists will be reviewed in a second round consisting of a short phone call and Q&A.

If additional information is needed, you will be notified no later than July 10, 2020. Final deadline applicants will be notified of the results of the application review on or about July 17, 2020. Early decision applicants will hear by June 30.

* What does "early decision" mean? The benefit of applying early is being able to learn about your application outcome no later than June 30.



  • Are there any additional, hidden, or required fees for grantees?
  • No. There are no hidden fees, no additional hiring fees, no purchase required, and no matching fund requirement. Credits can be used to cover all costs associated with usage of the platform (namely, the cost of the invites to connect with candidates). Once all credits are used, grantees have the option, but are not required, to pay for additional invites if they'd like to continue using Selected.
  • Additional Questions? Contact us.

Additional Fine Print

  • Invite credits awarded to grantees expire on January 31, 2021
  • Invite credits are not transferable to another entity
  • We reserve the right to use grantees’ names and trademarks in promotional and marketing materials related to the Grant Program, publicly and privately without limitation
  • Grant terms and conditions

Free Recruitment Support during COVID-19

All schools in our service areas, regardless of size and student population, are entitled to a free employer account and $550 in invite credits and access to our recruitment support resources. In the wake of COVID-19, the Grant Program aims to do even more for schools most impacted.

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$550 free invite credits

Sign up for a free employer account and $550 in free invite credits -- enough to contact 15 teachers and school leaders risk-free.

Information Circle

Our best advice is free

Best practices, articles, and free webinars from our team of former school leaders, recruiters, and teachers.

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Remote hiring practices

Our best advice on how to source, screen, and hire teachers -- and promote your school virtually.

Simplified Urban Teacher Outreach and Sourcing
Diverse, quality, relevant, and responsive teachers sourced and curated for your school on Selected. Reduce your teacher recruitment costs by 5x.

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