Teaching and Learning

Washington State Fellows' Network

Engaging Teacher Leaders in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Early Learning

NEW! State-level overview of the Washington State Fellows' Network (7.37 min Screencast)

Leadership Testimonial:

“I want to personally thank you for pushing me outside my comfort zone to share science with others. I think being a science Fellow has not only changed my classroom instruction but my thinking. I've learned what I do in my classroom can no longer be a secret and it's important that we share best learning and instruction practices. I never in a million years thought I would stand up in front of adults and share my knowledge with them. That was mind-blowing and I'm still in shock. Basically, I want to thank you for making me feel confident, comfortable and being so supportive in this endeavor - whatever it may be!”

Heidi Flake
Beaver Valley School
K–2 Teacher

What is the Washington State Fellows’ Network?
How is the Washington State Fellows’ Network distributed?
What do the four content areas of the Network have in common?
How does someone become a Fellow?
What are the commitments of a Fellow?
What are the commitments of the school and district administration?


What is the Washington State Fellows’ Network?
Fellows' Advisory Committee

The Fellows’ Network is a group of instructional leaders convened by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) to support district and community implementation of state learning standards in mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), and science, and the Early Learning Guidelines. The Network has steadily grown since its inception in 2013 to include more content areas and instructional leaders.
Fellows Network (PDF)


How is the Washington State Fellows’ Network distributed?

Graph showing 2017-18 State Fellows by ESD

The Fellows’ Network is distributed across four content areas in all 9 ESD regions of the state.

Math and ELA have been part of the Network since the 2013–14 school year. Science came on board in 2015-16, and Early Learning joined in 2016–17.

What do the four content areas of the Network have in common?
Regional ESD Coordinators, in collaboration with OSPI content-area leadership, convene the Fellows three to four times a year to engage in shared learning. Common to all four areas is a commitment to build content learning and instructional leadership, and a focus on equity.

How does someone become a Fellow?
Fellows complete an application process, and then OSPI and the AESD collaborate to select Fellows. The application process is held in the spring, and notifications are usually made by June 10th for the next school year. The criteria guiding selection of Fellows include:

  • Geographical distribution across region
  • Grade band representation
  • (Math, ELA, Science) Evidence of district CCSS/NGSS implementation plans
  • Strong district/community support
  • Instructional leaders with access to classrooms
  • Active in professional learning
  • (Math, ELA, Science) Deep understanding of the CCSS/NGSS
  • Previous leadership with the ESD, district, or community
  • Representation of regional districts involved in the Transforming Professional Learning (TPL) grant.

What are the commitments of a Fellow?

  • Complete Assurances: Work collaboratively with school principal/district leadership (if the Fellow is a teacher) to review and sign the Assurances, which must be accessed and uploaded into the Fellow’s application. (If there is a change in the principal or the Fellow’s work assignment between the time of acceptance and the next school year, the Assurances page will need to be signed by the new administrator prior to September 30th of the following school year to ensure continued participation.)
  • Complete a Fellow’s Plan: Collaborate with your district administrator and/or the school principal (if the Fellow is a teacher) to complete the Fellow's Plan that outlines how the Fellow’s leadership will be utilized to support the school, district, or community organization’s implementation of Washington State K–12 Learning Standards (CCSS or NGSS) or Early Learning Guidelines. Submit the completed Fellow's Plan to your Regional Coordinator after each Fellows' Network convening and at the end of the school year.
  • Attend Fellows’ Network Convenings: Fellows must attend and participate in regional professional learning convenings and implement learning from the convenings within your own instructional practice. The Fellows’ Network has four convenings per year for each content area and may have additional virtual check-ins. (Note: Travel and substitute costs associated with all Fellows' professional learning will need to be financially supported by the school district.)
    • After each Fellows' Network convening, meet with a district leader and/or the school principal (if the Fellow is a teacher) to revisit and update Fellow's Plan in supporting implementation of Washington State K–12 Learning Standards (CCSS and NGSS).
  • Engage in providing data which could include but is not limited to, student work samples, participation surveys, formative assessment data, sphere of impact, etc.
  • Use the instructional leadership skills developed as a Fellow to widen the circle of learning. Provide learning opportunities for teachers within the school and/or district as agreed within the Fellow's Plan. Pay it forward.
    • Once a Fellow is accepted, every effort will be made by the ESD Coordinator to support their success. If circumstances occur that result in the Fellow not fulfilling their commitment, the Regional Coordinator will meet first with the Fellow to problem solve. If follow-up is needed, the Regional Coordinator will meet with the district leader and/or the school principal to ensure the building/district has a Fellow.

What are the commitments of the school and district administration?

  • Assurances: Work collaboratively with the Fellow to review and sign the Assurances page of the Fellow’s application. (If there is a change in the principal or the Fellow’s work assignment between the time of acceptance and the next school year, the Assurances page will need to be signed by the new administrator prior to September 30th of the following school year to ensure continued participation.)
  • Fellow’s Plan: Collaborate with the Fellow to complete the Fellow's Plan that outlines how the Fellow’s leadership will be utilized to support the school, district, or community organization’s implementation of Washington State K–12 Learning Standards or Early Learning Guidelines.
  • Fellows’ Network Convenings: Meet with the Fellow after each Fellows' Network convening to revisit and update the Fellow's Plan. Provide opportunities for the Fellow to share their learnings with colleagues or community members.
  • Travel and Substitute Costs: Support the travel, substitute, and (possible) registration costs for Fellows to attend and participate in a minimum of four one-day regional professional learning convenings.



Applications for new or returning 2017-18 Fellows are now closed. If you are interested in applying to be a Fellow, please contact your regional Early Learning, English Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science coordinator.

Early Learning ESD Coordinators
ELA ESD Coordinators
Math ESD Coordinators
Science ESD Coordinators

For additional information: 2017-18 Fellows' Network (PDF)

   Updated 8/23/2017

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