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Washington State Fellows' Network

Fellows' Network Process

If you have any questions about Fellows or the application process, please contact your regional Early Learning, English Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science coordinator.

Contact Information

Fellows' Network
fellows@k12.wa.us

Kim Hoss
kim.hoss@k12.wa.us

The 2021-22 Fellows' Network Application and 2021-22 Emeritus Fellows Interest Survey will be available soon!

The Washington State Fellows’ Network, a three-year program, is a group of instructional leaders convened by the 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), science, and the Early Learning Guidelines. All applicants are encouraged to consider a multi-year commitment to reap the full benefits of the program; prospective applicants who can commit to only one year may still participate. 

Fellows Network structure flowchart

“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...”

Heidi Flake, Beaver Valley School, K–2 Teacher

Emeritus Fellows

The Washington State Fellows' Network has steadily grown since its inception in 2013 to include more content areas and instructional leaders. Fellows who have participated for more than three years “graduate” may elect to become Emeritus Fellows. Emeritus Fellows remain connected to the Fellows’ Network, with opportunities for leadership through local, regional, and/or state initiatives, should they so choose.


Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 mid-summer 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

  • 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 prior to the first convening. (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 the first convening 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.

  • 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 30 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 possible travel, substitute, and registration costs for Fellows to attend and participate in a minimum of four one-day regional professional learning convenings. Convenings may be a combination of in-person and virtual this year unless and until the pandemic environment changes.