CSET Professional Learning


Due to the on-going impacts of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision not to recruit a new cohort for the 2021-22 school year. We will continue to support the teachers who are currently participating in the fellowship and will update this page as information about future opportunities becomes available.


  • Apply as a high school teacher during your 2nd through 7th year of teaching in the classroom with 2-4 other teachers from your same school (maximum team size is 5 including applicant)
  • 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?
    • What are some of the challenges you face in supporting students to learn at your school, and what is your role in ensuring all students learn?
    • How did your school team come together to apply for this fellowship? In what ways, will your school team work together to make an impact at your school? (Note: if your school already has a Hollyhock team, respond to this short answer in the context of being an extension team.)
  • Create a 2-minute video with your school team that is creative and personal in its approach and includes
    • How the team anticipates benefitting from the Hollyhock Fellowship
    • What your team will bring back to your school for your colleagues and students
    • Why your team will contribute to the Hollyhock community
  • 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.
  • Applications open each year on October 15 and close January 15.
  • Applicants and their school team members will be notified the first week of March if they have been accepted, waitlisted, or declined.
  • School teams have one week to accept or decline their invitations.
  • Waitlisted teams will be invited on a rolling basis from April to June IF accepted teams decline or have to withdraw from the fellowship.

Newly Accepted Fellows (2020 Cohort) | July 5-18, 2020
Returning Fellows (2019 Cohort) | July 12-25, 2020