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Hollyhock Fellowship

Nearly half of all teachers leave the classroom within five years. In schools that serve low-income students, the turnover is even higher—leaving the most vulnerable students with the least experienced teachers. The Hollyhock Fellowship Program addresses these complicated educational realities by encouraging and supporting highly motivated, early-career high school teachers to persist and thrive in the classroom by providing them with rich learning opportunities with colleagues nationwide.

A two-year professional development experience building excellence in teaching.

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Program Details

The fellowship is a competitive program that selects teachers from across the country. Applicants apply with at least two other teachers from the same high school and make a commitment to remain at their current school for the duration of the two-year fellowship so that they can support one another in the process of growth as educators. Applications are reviewed carefully in an effort to create a diverse fellowship class in regard to school context, geography, and teacher experience. Space is limited each year to 100 participants per cohort, ideally split evenly among the four content areas.

Features of the Fellowship

The fellowship includes

  • A 2-year program of professional development
    • ​2 weeks in residence each summer at Stanford U. with workshops focused on teaching one’s core content area & examining issues of equity in schools
    • Online coaching sessions throughout each school year with expert practitioners & peers
  • A $2000 stipend for participation
  • Travel, room, and board expenses paid during each summer residency
  • Continuing education units

Criteria for Selection

Highly qualified applicants will have

  • Between 2-7 years of teaching experience in science, math, history, or English
  • A teaching position at a high school where >50% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch
  • At least two or more colleagues from the same school who also apply
  • A belief in equitable outcomes for all students
  • Commitment to professional growth as a classroom teacher
  • Support from school administration


Hollyhock Fellow Perspectives

"Since I was going to be entering into my seventh year of teaching this fall, I was skeptical I would gain a lot of new knowledge while attending the Hollyhock Institute. However, I could not have been more wrong! Not only was I able to make some lifelong friends, I was able to profoundly deepen my content knowledge and gain awareness on how to create equity for all of my students. I have been able to see a growth in my teaching and connection to students that would have not been possible without the skills and training I received at Hollyhock. Now, just like the Hollyhock flower, I am able to adapt to any need of my learners and truly be the teacher they need me to be. "

-Tony Morales, 2015 History Hollyhock Fellow from Chalmette High School

"The Hollyhock experience has been phenomenal thus far. I can't believe I have the privilege and honor of calling myself a fellow. The workshops and classes have really impacted my teaching this year, and I'm still just in the planning stages since the school year has not begun. Not to mention, the people I met are individuals I can say are friends and trustworthy colleagues. Finally, the anti-oppression meetings were extremely powerful."

- Jonathan Montero, 2016 English Fellow from Bronx Academy for Software Engineering

“Before attending the Hollyhock Fellowship this past summer, I felt like I didn't have enough time to work on me, both as a teacher and a leader. Hollyhock not only nurtures these aspects, but it shows you how learning can become a continuous practice in our busy, everyday lives. As teachers, we all know what it's like to worry about everyone else before yourself, but Hollyhock staff and fellow members really do care, and my support group has grown immensely! I went back to school this year revitalized with new ideas and a new perspective, and I look forward to the rest of my Hollyhock journey.”

-Lauren Midgette, 2015 English Hollyhock Fellow from Bulkeley High School

"To spend two weeks with your fingers to the pulse of American education was both inspiring, in the collective commitment of the entire Hollyhock team to improving the classroom experience, and motivating, in 'the fierce urgency of now' for effective educators and leaders in every classroom.  Hollyhock provided the distance and space for me to reflect upon and improve my practice as a classroom educator and my school as an institution committed to educating an underserved population.  I am a stronger educator and leader because of the Hollyhock Fellowship, and I recommend the program highly to anyone who truly believes that "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

- Matthew McCluskey, North Star Academy College Preparatory HS