CSET Professional Learning


Recruitment for future cohorts in the Hollyhock Fellowship program  is on indefinite hiatus, please check back at a later time.

  • Apply as a high school teacher during your 2nd through 8th year of teaching in the classroom with 2-4 other teachers from your same school (maximum team size is 5 including applicant) with whom you are ready to partner with regularly, share your classoom practice, and explore instruction and institutional equity for the two years of the fellowship.
  • Teach at a high school where at least 50% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch
  • Maintain at least a part-time classroom teaching position at your current school site in 1 of the 4 content areas (English, history/social science, math, science) for the duration of the two-year fellowship
  • Live in residence for the entire institute both summers -- no late arrivals/early departures for personal or professional reasons
  • Participate in and prepare fully for all of the school-year, video-conference coaching sessions
  • Have access to a computer or tablet that can support the technology interface
  • Consider putting together a cross-content team to apply as they are more competitive in the application process (although not mandatory)
  • A belief in equitable outcomes for all students
  • Commitment to professional growth as a  classroom teacher and as a leading teacher beyond the classroom
  • Investment in collaborating with school team and fellowship cohort to have a positive impact within a school and in the profession
  • Support from school administration to participate fully each summer and school year and bring what  you learned back to campus
  • Share information about yourself as a classroom teacher, your school, and district by responding to a series of multiple-choice questions.
  • Answer five short-answer questions (1500 character limit per question)
    • What brought you to teaching as a career and what, specifically, compelled you to teach in the community in which your school resides?
    • Please briefly describe any professional learning, coaching, and/or mentoring you will engage with beyond or at your school site this coming school year.
    • What are your goals for improving your teaching? How do those goals align with the features of the Hollyhock Fellowship Program?
    • Consider the role equity and social justice play in your current position. What are some of your strengths and challenges around equity and social justice in your current role?
    • Tell us more about the members of the school team with whom you’ve applied →  for how long, and in what capacity, have you known each member of your proposed school team?  Based on your previous collaboration with your school-team members, how do you know it’s the right team configuration to support your collective growth during the two-years of the fellowship?   What are the strengths of your team?  What challenges might you face working together during the fellowship?
  • Collaborate with your school team to create a 2-3 minute video that allows the Hollyhock Project Team to better get to know your team.
  • Request two people to serve as references (one school administrator and one colleague) who can respond to the following four statements about the applicant and write a short paragraph explaining their ratings.
    • Please rate your level of agreement with the following four statements: Strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, strongly disagree
      • This applicant is a highly effective early-career teacher whom colleagues and students deeply respect.
      • This applicant is likely to continue to work and grow as a classroom teacher at our school for at least the next two school years.
      • This applicant is a conscientious and collaborative team player who follows through on commitments and responds to email/other forms of communication in a timely manner.
      • This applicant is open to feedback to improve their instructional practice.