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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

“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

“Hollyhock gave us the opportunity to become something more than just teachers working in the same building together. We became friends. We became family. The sessions at Hollyhock forced us to discover something we knew subconsciously, but we had to put it out on the table and discuss it. The four of us are all great teachers, we have our own styles, we are each leaders who have earned the respect of our colleagues, and we all are in it for the same singular cause. Our students. The young minds we shape each day. Hollyhock showed us we were not alone in the cause. It showed us there are great teachers across the United States with the same feelings, motivations, and love for education that we have. Hollyhock built a bond between the four of us and 103 other teachers that can't be broken and will only be made stronger through a shared vision of teamwork, teaching, and education being the key to a student’s success.”

- from JahB Prescott, 2015 English Hollyhock Fellow from Freedom 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