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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

“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

"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

“I had an amazing experience at Hollyhock this past summer. First, it gave me an opportunity to bond with people outside of my department, pushing me to understand the experience of other areas. Also, It was the first time I was given content-specific professional development, and it pushed me to think deeply about what it means to be a social studies teacher. It had me reorient what my goals were for my classroom, but also gave me specific, achievable steps to take in order to do it. I look forward to sharing this information with the rest of the social studies department, and hope that we can continue to send more people from our school toHollyhock! The best part about it is that I know I will get to work with my coaches through the year, and also have the opportunity to return next year!”

-Elizabeth Calvert-Kilbane, 2015 History Hollyhock Fellow KAPPA International 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