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Application status for the 2020 EDGE program.

The program is now full. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2022 cohort of secondary math and science teachers.

Application Requirements:

  • A degree in math or science is preferred (or other STEM field). Otherwise, a minimum of 12 math or 16 science credits, with other general ISBE licensure requirements complete.
  • Commitment to a full-time teaching career in the observant Jewish parochial high schools.


2020-22 Cohort Application ProcessĀ 

Please submit the following application items by email to info@edgetraining.org, by mail to EDGE 3050 W. Touhy Ave. Chicago IL 60645, or by fax to 866-449-7038.

  1. Resume
  2. Three references with contact information (at least one professional reference)
  3. Transcripts of college level course work, including evidence of the requisite math/science courses (12 math credits for math teachers, or 16 science credits for science teachers toward their ISBE licensure, including AP test scores or other college courses taken in high school) in addition to other ISBE requirements, or a degree in math or science. 
  4. 2 Essay Questions

Please note that acceptance into EDGE is subject to successful placement in a Jewish high school, which will be determined after the application has been submitted.

The admissions committee in interested in getting to know each applicant better.  In answering the essay questions, consider some of the following qualities of a professional educator as possible approaches or frameworks to your response:

  • learning from obstacles
  • challenging a belief
  • solving a complex problem
  • personal growth
  • what captivates you
  • your personal and professional growth as part of a changing profession
  • your contribution to the greater profession 

The target length of your response should be to 500 – 1000 words each.

1. Please select one of the three questions below:

  1. A. What is impossible to do in secondary STEM education today, but if it became possible, would fundamentally change what you would do as a professional classroom teacher?
  • B. Select a controversial issue in secondary STEM education and suggest a solution.
  • C. What do you see as the greatest threat to secondary STEM education in Jewish parochial schools today?  How would you address this threat?

2. What are your expectations for the EDGE program?  If possible, incorporate how you hope EDGE will help you achieve a realization of the subject of your response to the first question.