Please contact Ignited’s CEO, Shari Liss (; (408) 553-3179, for cost information.

In 2016, 95% of Ignited Mentors said their department benefited from their teacher’s contributions. Mentors value the teachers’ fresh perspectives, strong interpersonal skills, initiative, and sense of professionalism. Teachers are professionals with a strong work ethic. Many teachers develop ideas that improve a Host’s current practices or benefit the bottom-line.

This varies by individual and by difficulty of the work assignment. Most Mentors can screen, interview and select teachers in a total of 4-5 hours. Arrangements (telephone, computer, desk, security badge, etc.) then need to be made to prepare for the teacher’s arrival at the worksite. We ask new Mentors to attend a one-hour orientation session prior to the start of the program. During the Fellowship, Mentors typically meet with their teacher at least once or twice per week to monitor progress. It helps if there are other team members who can work with the teacher during the Fellowship. At the end of the summer, Mentors are asked to complete an evaluation that takes about 5-10 minutes. Then your official mentoring obligation ends, however we hope your relationship with your teacher continues.

View this video to hear about it from a Mentor’s perspective.<br>

To ensure that Ignited Fellows stay focused on converting their summer experiences into classroom instruction, Ignited appoints a small cadre of Coaches each summer. These Ignited Coaches, veteran teachers who have held at least two Fellowships previously, facilitate Community Group meetings for small groups of Ignited teachers working at the same Host or at Host organizations in the same geographic area. They also help troubleshoot problems at the summer work site. Once the Fellowship begins, Ignited will tell you which Coach has been assigned to your teacher(s) and provide his/her contact information.


Approximately 300 teachers apply each year and approximately half are high school science, math or technology teachers. Others teach K-8 or community college. Teachers of non-technical subjects are also welcome to apply.

Absolutely! Ignited staff will provide pre-screened resumes that match your qualifications for your review. Ignited recommends conducting face-to-face interviews before selecting your teacher. If you already have a specific teacher or school in mind that you would like to work with, just let us know and Ignited will assist in matching you up.

Ignited teachers have been successful in a variety of areas within an organization: community relations, engineering support, finance, information technology/MIS, marketing, quality assurance, research, software development, training and web development.

That should not be a problem if you adhere to Ignited’s recommended timeline. However, if it happens, we will work with you to determine if you can adjust the project requirements. If you can’t and we are unable to recruit a teacher suited for your project, then you are not obligated to proceed with the Fellowship.


If your organization has designated Ignited as the Employer of Record, then Ignited issues and collects timesheets. Mentors will be required to review and approve them. If your organization has hired the teacher directly, please check with your Human Resources department about the payroll process.

If Ignited is the Employer of Record, then Ignited issues a paycheck four times during the Fellowship. It is the teacher’s responsibility to submit the approved timesheet to Ignited for payment.

If your organization has hired the teacher directly for the summer, check with your HR department for payment schedule.

Teachers also receive a grant after the summer (a portion upon submission of their Education Transfer Plan and the balance after submitting an Impact Report). No matter which organization is the Employer of Record, Ignited will distribute these grants.


Yes, as long as Ignited is aware of the modified schedule and the teacher you select agrees up front. (Short assignments are usually very attractive to teachers.)

Ignited Fellows work full-time (40 hours per week) unless alternate arrangements are made with Ignited. Fellows are expected to work 280 hours over the course of the summer (35 hours per week) on the project you have defined. The balance of the Ignited Fellow’s time (approximately 5 hours per week) will be devoted to professional development activities focused on supporting teachers to transfer the summer work experience to the classroom. Teachers spend this time attending Ignited meetings with their Ignited Coach or other Teacher Fellows, and developing an Education Transfer Plan (ETP) under the guidance of Ignited staff and their Coaches.

If the teacher has completed your project and you have agreed that s/he end the Fellowship early, that’s okay with Ignited. Just let us know. At the end of the summer, Ignited sends Hosts information about any credit or outstanding balance on their payments to Ignited.

That’s fine, as long as you agree and are willing to pay for the work and the project does not conflict with the Fellow’s teaching schedule. Ignited can continue serving as the Employer of Record for this period if you wish. Please contact Ignited if you would like to extend the Fellowship.

Are teachers allowed to work flexible hours or telecommute during their Fellowship?
Yes, as long as you approve the arrangements. We do not recommend, however, that teachers telecommute for a large portion of their Fellowship. One of the benefits of Ignited Fellowships is the opportunity they provide for teachers to experience an industry work setting or research lab.

If Ignited is the Employer of Record, Hosts need to notify Ignited of any alternate work schedule prior to the start of the Fellowship. Hosts are required to pay Ignited the cost of any overtime worked by the teacher in excess of eight hours in any day, or forty hours in any week, or any time on the 7th day in a workweek, in accordance with state and federal law.


In addition to working on a corporate or research project, each Ignited Fellow is required to develop a specific plan for transferring the Ignited experience back into his or her classroom or school. This Education Transfer Plan (ETP) could be a lesson or unit in a specific content area or one that integrates different disciplines, a classroom project, staff development, or a unit on career exploration.  The ETP is designed to benefit both the Ignited Fellow and the education community at large as ETPs are published on Ignited’s Community Website. Visit Sample Projects to see exemplary ETPs.

No, the teacher is solely responsible for creating strategies for bringing the summer work experience back to their school. You are, however, asked to read and sign off on your Fellow’s Education Transfer Plan in August. If you can help the teacher brainstorm ideas or provide resources to develop or implement the ETP, GREAT!


Your official mentoring obligation ends. However, we hope your relationship with your teacher continues.

No. Ignited’s mission is to help retain good teachers in education and strengthen their ability to reach students. Please do not take our teachers from the classroom. If a teacher Fellow initiates this discussion, please remind him/her of Ignited’s mission and notify an Ignited staff member.

Yes, it is often very attractive to a teacher to return for a second summer. The training time is reduced and teachers feel a sense of accomplishment at being invited back. We do limit teachers to two summers at the same Host organization.

Yes, we will ask you to complete a quick evaluation at the end of the summer. However, if you have concerns or problems with your teacher before then, please notify Ignited immediately.

On the contrary, Ignited Fellowships help retain teachers in education. A 2001 Ignited Teacher Retention Study showed that teachers who have held an Ignited Fellowship stayed in teaching at more than twice the rate of their peers in the state and nation.