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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 teacher candidates 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

  • 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 credits

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

“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

“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

“It was amazing. We felt inspired and encouraged by working with all the highly-qualified teachers from around the country. The sessions were meaningful and extremely applicable to what we do back at our school. We came away refreshed and ready to implement the strategies we took away from the program. We highly recommend this exceptional fellowship to any new teacher.”

- Josh Olson & Holly Besmer, Mariner 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