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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
 

1. What does being on the Dream Team entail?

2. What is the time commitment?

3. How do I apply?

4. Do Dream Team teachers get paid?

5. What if I have planned a vacation this summer? Can I still be on the Dream Team?

6. I’m nervous about the technology aspect of being on the Dream Team, what resources are available to me?

7. Who should I contact if I need help during the application process?

8. Do I have to have a computer to create lessons?

9. What software or technology do I need to be on the Dream Team (besides a computer)?

10. When will I be notified if my application has been accepted?

11. I'd like to apply, but I'm not currently in the classroom. Am I still eligible?

12. I'm stuck on Part 2, where should I start?

13. I’d like to include images in my PowerPoint but I don’t have access to a digital drawing tool. What should I do?
14. When and where is TeachFest?
15. What applicant questions got answered on the #AskLZ Twitter chat on 2/10?

 

Don't see your question here? Email us at applications@learnzillion.com


1. What does being on the Dream Team entail?

Dream Team teachers will work with content-expert coaches and colleagues to create and curate high quality Common Core resources. All resources that meet LearnZillion’s standards for quality will be made available on LearnZillion.com.


2. What is the time commitment?

Many teachers have said that being on the Dream Team is the most intensive and rigorous professional development they’ve ever experienced. For that reason, one of the qualities we look for in teachers, in addition to their passion, commitment, and content knowledge, is their ability to manage significant workloads to meet specific deadlines. That said, you will not be on your own!  Throughout the process you will be challenged and supported, and at the end of it all, you will experience a deep sense of pride in what you have accomplished. As one Dream Team teacher told us about her experience, “Although the work was overwhelming at times, to look back and see what I created and know that kids around the world will use my lessons to learn is something I will cherish forever.”


3. How do I apply?

There is a two-part, online application to apply to the Dream Team. In Part I, due January 25th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST, applicants will share information about their experience teaching, indicate their content preferences, answer three short essay questions, and do a short, pedagogical content knowledge exercise. After submitting Part I, applicants be able to move on to Part II directly. In Part II, due February 15th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST, applicants have the chance to show off their talents by planning, creating, and recording a LearnZillion lesson using PowerPoint and a free screencasting software. Applicants will also be asked to respond to a fictional colleague's video and provide feedback and guidance. Finally, applicants will write a short reflection on the application experience.

 

4. Do Dream Team teachers get paid?

Dream Team teachers receive a stipend of $2,000 for completion of their work.

 

5. What if I have planned a vacation this summer? Can I still be on the Dream Team?

Yes. The most important factors to keep in mind are that you will need to meet multiple deadlines and sometimes wait for feedback from your coach, regardless of your scheduled vacations. In the past,  Dream Team teachers who made plans ahead of time and remained communicative with their coach and the LearnZillion team, were able to meet all obligations. As a member of the Dream Team, you will spend the bulk of your time creating and curating materials during June, July, and August.


6. I’m nervous about the technology aspect of being on the Dream Team, what resources are available to me?

We have worked hard to make sure that the technology and software our teachers use to create lessons is familiar and/or simple to use. However, you will need to be comfortable with PowerPoint and/or Google Documents and Presentations in order to complete your application and create lessons over the summer. For teachers that do not feel comfortable with these tools, we have provided resources to assist you, available here.

 

7. Who should I contact if I need help during the application process?

If you have additional questions or need help during the application process, please email applications@learnzillion.com. We’ll try to respond within one business day.

 

8. Do I have to have a computer to create lessons?

Yes. Because most lessons will be created remotely, Dream Team teachers are expected to use their own computer, or a computer to which they have access, to create lessons. In certain cases, however, we are able to provide computers for the duration of the summer to teachers.

 

9. What software or technology do I need to be on the Dream Team (besides a computer)?

We’ve tried very hard to use software programs that most people have and/or that are easy to use. Once you’ve been accepted to the Dream Team, you will receive a software inventory. LearnZillion will provide you with the licenses for any software or technology that you do not have.


10. When will I be notified if my application has been accepted?

The final deadline for submitting Part I is January 25th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST. Once you have submitted Part I, you may move on to Part II.

 

The final deadline for submitting Part II is February 15th, 2015 at 11:59PM EST. Applicants will be notified in late March or early April about the final status of their application. All waitlisted applicants will be notified by mid April.

 

11. I'd like to apply, but I'm not currently in the classroom. Am I still eligible?

Yes. You do not have to currently be in the classroom to be a Dream Team teacher. Whether you are retired, taking time off, in school full time, etc., we'd love to receive your application. We recommend that in Part I, you list your last school of employment and select “Other” under the “Which best describes your position” question.  
We also encourage those serving in other roles within their school or district to apply. In the past, we've had instructional coaches, principals, district-level supervisors serve on the Dream Team.


12. I'm stuck on creating a video lesson, where should I start?

Creating the video lesson is your chance to show us what you can do! We want to see an example of how you think and how you explain complicated concepts to students in the LearnZillion format. If you're having trouble getting started, we recommend that you start on the Part 2 Resources Page. We’ve created tutorials and guidelines sheets to help you. Another great resource for you as you work on Part 2 is LearnZillion.com. We recommend that before you begin Part 2, you spend some time familiarizing yourself with the lessons and resources on LearnZillion in order to understand what teachers have done in the past and what we're looking for in a lesson.

 

13. ​I’d like to include images in my PowerPoint but I don’t have access to a digital drawing tool. What should I do?

We’ve provided all Part 2 applicants with access to our “Image Library”, a PowerPoint file with dozens of handdrawn images that can be copied and pasted into your sample lessons. You can find and download the image library on the Part 2 resources page. You can also find images that you like in LearnZillion.com lessons and download the slides and copy images directly from the lesson slides into your application lesson.

 

14. ​When and where is TeachFest?

TeachFest will be in Washington, D.C. from May 13-16, 2015. Teachers will arrive Wednesday evening (May 13th), then they will participate in two and a half intense days of coaching and collaboration, and they'll depart Saturday afternoon (May 16th). Attendance at TeachFest is a required part of the Dream Team commitment and all expenses related to TeachFest are included (travel, hotel, food, etc.).

 

15. ​What applicant questions got answered on the #AskLZ Twitter chat on 2/10?

You can read the full transcript of our chat with 2015 Dream Team applicants here: https://storify.com/LCosca/2015-dream-team-application-tweet-up