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The Experience

The Hollyhock Fellowship is a two-year experience consisting of two components each year: summer professional learning at Stanford University and virtual coaching during the school year. 

Summer Professional Learning

At the Hollyhock Summer Institute, fellows participate in a sequence of research-based professional development. The institute engages the fellows in four strands of PD:

  • developing pedagogical expertise in teaching a core content area
  • examining issues of equity as a teacher leader in the classroom
  • building community within and across participating schools
  • interacting with Stanford scholars regarding the latest educational and content-specific research

The core-content sessions—English, history, math, and science— focus on expanding the fellows’ content knowledge and pedagogical approach to teaching to equitably benefit all students they teach. Every fellow has an opportunity to apply the concepts learned in a rehearsal structure by practicing aspects of teaching in front of small groups of other fellows and receiving feedback.

The cross-content equity sessions—working in and across school teams—examine issues of equity in schools and develop a collaboration skill set to build community among the fellows and back at individual school sites.

School-Year Coaching

Instructional coaching during the school year supports and extends the Hollyhock summer experience. As part of a networked professional community, fellows meet virtually each month with their Stanford instructional coaches and other fellows from their school team or their content area. Over the course of 9 video-conference sessions, fellows upload video of their classroom teaching in order to improve instructional practice, share resources such as lesson plans and supplemental materials, delve into issues of equity in their classroom, and build a community with each other that enriches their experience in the education profession.


What Fellows are saying about the Hollyhock experience


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