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How do I contact Hollyhock?

To request more information, please email us at: hollyhock@gse.stanford.edu.

When are Hollyhock applications available?

2018 Hollyhock applications will be available October 15, 2017 and close at 11:59 p.m. on January 15, 2018. Applicants who applied to be a 2018 Hollyhock fellow will be notified of their application status in early March 2018.

Why must teachers apply to Hollyhock as a team?

The mission of Hollyhock is to support early-career teachers to thrive in classrooms that exist in historically underserved communities. We recognize that teaching in this context is challenging and complex work that is most meaningfully accomplished with a supportive network of colleagues. A team consists of three or more teachers of math, science, English, or history from the same high school.

Should I apply if I am not sure I can make a commitment for two years?

We prefer that teachers only apply with the rest of their colleagues from their school site if they can truly commit to teaching at their school for the next two years in order to engage fully in the fellowship. The application process is competitive, and we have many more applications than spots, so if you are unsure of your commitment, please wait to apply until you are ready to engage for the entire two years of the fellowship. 

Why is the eligibility only for teachers who have taught between 2-7 years in total in math, science, English, or history?

Teachers are most likely to leave the classroom in the first five years of teaching. We want to work with teachers in developing their expertise during this early-career phase when they would most benefit from professional development and ongoing coaching to support them in achieving their goals.
At this time, we only offer fellowships to high school teachers who teach in one of the four foundational content areas of English, history, math, or science.

What is a typical day like at the Hollyhock Summer Institute?

The Institute typically runs from 9:00 am until 4:15 pm Monday through Friday with additional opportunities for extended learning in the weekday evenings (speakers, readings, homework, community-building activities), and some optional cohort events planned on the weekend such as a day trip to San Francisco . Fellows live in dormitory-style residences on Stanford campus for the duration of the institute, which makes it convenient for fellows to meet with both their team members and teachers from other schools in the evenings and on the weekends to socialize, network, and share common teaching challenges and successes. These experiences build a community of teaching professionals that lasts long after the two-week summer institute ends.

What are the dates for the summer institute?

Stanford Summer Conferences confirms our dates for each summer in late fall. Because we draw teachers from across the country whose schools end their academic year as late as June 30th and start as early as the first week of August, the institute is held in July for two weeks. Exact dates vary year to year but customarily begin after July 4th and end by August 1st. Tentative Summer Institute 2018 Dates | New Fellows: July 8-21, 2018; Returning Fellows: July 15-28, 2018.

What kinds of things do I need to do to prepare for the summer institute if I am accepted?

Teams are invited to write a biography about their team and school for our website. Additionally, we ask individual teachers to bring teaching materials that they are willing to revise and to capture a video clip of their classroom teaching from the current school year. Contend PD leads will share readings and links to tasks prior to arrival in July for the summer institute. All fellows are asked to make their travel arrangements. Each year the preparation varies. 

May I have my family stay with me while I am living in residence at Stanford during each summer?

Unfortunately, Stanford only has space for you and your school team members to reside in the residence halls on campus. Your family can certainly stay in the Bay area while you are here, but none of them will be able to room with you as that is strictly prohibited by Stanford Conferences.

How do the continuing education units (CEUs) I earn at Hollyhock get documented?

Stanford's Continuing Studies office will mail each Hollyhock Fellow a transcript with a record of the CEUs earned after each summer and each school year. Fellows can use this transcript as verification of their professional learning hours from Hollyhock. Each CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of professional learning; fellows can earn up to 18 CEUs over the course of two years. Please note that these are not graduate credits as fellows are not enrolled at Stanford as graduate students.

May I apply if I am a SPED or ESL teacher?

If you are a SPED or ESL educator who teaches in a particular content area(s) such as science, math, history, or English, then you may apply in the content area in which you teach most significantly. At this time, we do not offer separate content sessions for SPED or ESL teachers.