Application Process

Interested candidates should:

STEP 1: Complete the Big Shoulders TDP Application. You will need to include contact information for one personal and one professional reference. (The application should take no more than 30 minutes and must be completed in one sitting.)

STEP 2: Download and complete the essay prompt questions. Save as “Last Name, First Initial – TDP 2016” and upload to the Big Shoulders TDP Dropbox (see below for Dropbox information.)

  • Essay Prompt #1 (Community): What is your definition of community? What role do you play in it?
  • Essay Prompt #2 (Leadership): What inspires and/or encourages you to lead? What specific experiences or leadership roles in your personal life have inspired or encouraged you?
  • Essay Prompt #3 (Excellence): In your own words, define “excellence.”

STEP 3: Request your college transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted) and upload to the Big Shoulders TDP Dropbox.

Dropbox account:
Access Code: bsf

STEP 4: Big Shoulders TDP will contact candidates for interviews and complete reference checks before notification of acceptance.


For questions or comments, please contact

The Big Shoulders Fund Teacher Development Program is possible through the support of the Opus Foundation.