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APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 2, 2015

We recruit dynamic individuals to teach youth media production in Hyderabad, India. Our Fellows desire to be innovative leaders and demonstrate a strong interest in bridging the digital and educational divide on a global level. TMS fellows have strong backgrounds in creative technology and community building. Fellows teach at low-income schools throughout the urban metropolis of Hyderabad. Hyderabad’s culturally rich environment provides a unique platform from which Fellows can grow as global citizens and make a significant difference in the lives of students. The TMS Fellowship is both an exercise in independence and collaboration, as Fellows plan and deliver many of their lessons together. Depending on the number of Fellows and schools, the experience will involve both group and individual teaching. While adhering to structured goals and having the frame of TMS signature curriculum to work from, Fellows have freedom both individually and as a collaborative team to design their own lesson plans.

Ultimately, the mission of The Modern Story Fellowship is to: 1) Introduce and sustain progressive pedagogy and a creative multimedia curriculum in governmental schools and community organizations. 2) Offer recent college graduates and young teachers the opportunity to participate in direct service work abroad within the fields of education and technology.

THE CURRICULUM Fellows always work with TMS’ customized digital storytelling curriculum — moving students through the development of personal, social, & environmental stories, building both hard and soft skills. Fellows are expected to lead their students through the production of photo stories, a short video piece and a longer video documentary. Throughout the semester, Fellows engage students in English language practice and discussion-based learning, encouraging students to think critically and select topics for their projects that are personally, culturally and environmentally relevant.

THE IDEAL TMS CANDIDATE Applicants should be passionate educators and change-makers with a clear understanding of the role of youth media production and its use as a tool of social empowerment. Strong preference will be given to applicants with the following:

  • Knowledge of multimedia arts including photography, basic videography, video editing (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Photoshop, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of social media and general technological savviness (hardware and software troubleshooting).
  • A background or strong interest in education.
  • Sharp writing skills and a knowledge of narrative techniques and structure.
  • Organizational skills and flexibility.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • An interest in and understanding of Indian history, Indian contemporary society and an anti-colonial model of nonprofit work.
  • International experience or desire to live abroad in a developing country with a modest lifestyle.

Past Fellows have hailed from top four-year institutions such as Middlebury College, Columbia University, Brown University, New York University, University of Colorado, University of New Hampshire, University of Pennsylvania, American University, University of California Santa Cruz, and Maryland Institute College or Art. TMS Fellow Alumni have gone on to graduate programs in Media Studies, Law, and International Relations and have continued to teach, engage in social activism and study the power of stories in the contemporary world!

THE DETAILS

Who: TMS Fellows teach groups of 8th and 9th grade students at low-income schools. Teaching at certain schools involves collaboration with local teacher and administration. TMS also works in partnership with a variety of organizations, including:

  • American India Foundation (AIF), which sponsors Digital Equalizer Classrooms. The DE program provides computer labs in several government schools.
  • Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), an Adobe youth media initiative. TMS Fellows work directly with AYV leaders to host a teacher-training event and have the opportunity to involve students in AYV youth media competitions.
  • Communities Rising (CR), a nonprofit in Tamil Nadu that provides educational programs, computer labs, and summer camps for Dalits and low-income students.  TMS Fellows teach for two weeks at CR as part of the Fellowship.
  • Teach For India (TFI), a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools across India. TMS Fellows pair with TFI Fellows in Hyderabad classrooms to implement TMS digital storytelling curriculum.

What:

  • TMS classes take place in select schools, with Fellows teaching at each school 2-3 times a week for 1.5-2 hour sessions.
  • TMS Fellows receive a travel and living stipend for the duration of the Fellowship. It is important to note that, as part of the Fellowship experience, Fellows are expected to participate in fundraising efforts, as well as to live modestly during the semester.
  • The Fellowship also focuses on collaborating with other nonprofit initiatives to teach shorter-term workshops involving groups of educators and students at schools where technology programs are implemented.
  • TMS coordinators provide a pre-departure orientation on teaching and technology preparation, as well as cultural awareness. TMS coordinators meet Fellows upon arrival in Hyderabad and conduct an in-country orientation.

Where:

  • TMS provides a fully furnished, serviced apartment for Fellows.
  • Hyderabad is a quintessentially Indian city, with pockets of modernity sprouting up out of the very traditional. Hyderabad also has its own unique royal Nizam history and culinary legacy.

When:

  • TMS Fellows work full-time June through March

 

TIMELINE OF APPLICATION:

March 2: Application Deadline

March 16: Sample Lesson Video Deadline for select applicants

March 23: Interviews with select candidates via Skype and reference check

April 6: Final decision made

TIMELINE OF FELLOWSHIP:

May: Online orientation and travel preparations, including applying for a VISA

Mid-Late June: Depart for Hyderabad

March: Fellowship ends

THE OUTCOMES

TMS Fellows:
  • Develop as effective educators.
  • Gain invaluable classroom teaching experience.
  • Work with leading NGO’s focused on development, youth media, and educational equity.
  • Build life-long memories and professional networks.
  • Learn from educational and nonprofit leaders.
  • Make a direct contribution to global education efforts by advancing connected, creative learning.
  • Enhance program management, community development, leadership, and teamwork skills.
  • Directly apply skills, talents, and ideas to provoke positive change.
TMS Students:
  • Experience a teaching approach focused on cultivating creativity and confidence
  • Explore their personal, social, and environmental surroundings.
  • Are empowered to think critically, create, share, and then take action in their communities.
  • Learn and apply advanced literacy and English language skills, and develop a set of media production and digital literacy skills that contribute to their vocational training.
  • Discover career pathways and opportunities in the technology sector by participating in TMS-supported career panels and mentorship programs with top technology companies such as Google Hyderabad.
  • Initiate connections with organizations that are working to directly solve the social and environmental issues that the students identify through experiential learning projects.
  • Connect their voices to the global community by sharing their work on a blog and through exchanges with teenagers near and far.

Past stories include but are not limited to: *Women & Education, *Islam In Our School, *Child Labor, *Air Pollution, *Indian Culture and Dance.

Students conceptualize, shoot, and produce the digital stories entirely on their own. *This is very much an opportunity for adventurous, independent, and self-motivated individuals who want to work directly on the ground in a teaching environment. *Interested applicants should take time to read over TMS’s blog and explore TMS’s Vimeo Channel, as these portals will offer a very clear picture of what day-to-day activity would be like and what kind of student work is expected to be produced. Applicants will also get to know the student populations through watching the videos.

Have questions about the Fellowship? See our TMS Fellowship FAQs and email fellowship@themodernstory.com

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