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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

"The Hollyhock Fellowship goes beyond all concepts of professional development. It was likely a once in a lifetime experience to gather as passionate teachers, to be a tribe, for two weeks over two summers and work on advancing our practice. The coaches are some of the highest caliber in existence and the sessions are beautifully organized and planned. The impact this fellowship has had on me as a person goes beyond what its done for my career. I can't recommend it enough."

- Matt Stewart, 2016 Science Fellow from Franklin High School

“The Hollyhock Fellowship Program provided the support we needed to honestly reflect on our personal beliefs and pedagogical philosophies.  We were reminded of why we decided to become teachers and inspired by a cohort of others who share common beliefs about the power of education for our students.  We know that our students will benefit from the resources we acquired and the support the fellowship will provide us.”

-Sarah Gregg & Sarah Streitz,  2014 Math Hollyhock Fellows from Thomas Edison HS

"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

“Our Hollyhock Fellowship provided us with an opportunity to be reflective professionals. We have been infused with a sense of urgency and encouragement to promote academic excellence in our students.  Our coaches engaged us as they modeled effective uses of content, pedagogy and leading for equity.  We will continue in our commitment to have a deep respect for intellectual values and social awareness. The Fellowship will support us as we educate our students to make value judgments and informed choices. This education will allow them to become adults who lead lives of personal integrity. It was an above-and-beyond professional development!”

- Rowena Adalla & Judith Jackman, 2015 Science Hollyhock Fellows from Bronx High School for theVisual Arts