Skip to content Skip to navigation


Applicants who applied for Hollyhock's 2018 cohort will be notified of their application status by mid-March 2018.

2018 Summer Institute Dates
Newly Accepted Fellows (2018 Cohort) | July 8-21, 2018
Returning Fellows (2017 Cohort) | July 15-28, 2018

Interested in applying to become a Hollyhock fellow? Subcribe to CSET's mailing list here and be notified when Hollyhock applications open in mid-October 2018. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Apply as a high school teacher during your 2nd through 7th year of teaching in the classroom with at least two other teachers from the same school
  • Teach at a high school where at least 50% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch
  • Maintain at least a part-time classroom teaching position at your current school site in 1 of the 4 content areas (English, history, math, science) for the duration of the two-year fellowship
  • Live in residence for the entire institute both summers --no late arrivals/early departures for personal or professional reasons
  • Participate in and prepare fully for all of the school-year, video-conference coaching sessions
  • Have access to a computer or tablet that can support the technology interface

Criteria for Selection

  • A belief in equitable outcomes for all students
  • Commitment to professional growth as a  classroom teacher and as a leading teacher beyond the classroom
  • Investment in collaborating with school team and fellowship cohort to have a positive impact within a school and in the profession
  • Support from school administration to participate fully each summer and school year and bring what  you learned back to campus

Components of the Application

  • Share information about yourself as a classroom teacher, your school, and district by responding to a series of multiple choice questions.
  • Answer four short answer questions (1500 character limit per question)
    • What brought you to teaching as a career?
    • What are your goals for improving your teaching? How do those goals align with the features of the Hollyhock Fellowship Program?
    • What are some of the challenges you face in supporting students to learn at your school, and what is your role in ensuring all students learn?
    • How will your school team work together throughout the fellowship, and in what ways will your team make an impact on your school as a result of your Hollyhock experience?
  • Create a 2-minute video with your school team that is creative and personal in its approach and includes
    • How the team anticipates benefitting from the Hollyhock Fellowship
    • What your team will bring back to your school for your colleagues and students
    • Why your team will contribute to the Hollyhock community
  • Request two people to serve as references (one school administrator and one colleague) who can respond to the following four statements about the applicant and write a short paragraph explaining their ratings.
    • Please rate your level of agreement with the following four statements: Strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, strongly disagree
      • This applicant is a highly effective early-career teacher whom colleagues and students deeply respect.
      • This applicant is likely to continue to work and grow as a classroom teacher for, at least, the next two school years.
      • This applicant is conscientious and collaborative team play who follows through on commitments and responds to email/other forms of communication in a timely manner.
      • This applicant is open to feedback and interested in improving their practice.

Timeline for the Application Process

  • Applications open October 15, 2017 and close at 11:59 p.m. PST on January 15, 2018.
  • Applicants and their school team members will be notified the first week of March if they have been accepted, waitlisted, or declined.
  • School teams have one week to accept or decline their invitations.
  • Waitlisted teams will be invited on a rolling basis from April to June IF accepted teams decline or have to withdraw from the fellowship.