Engaging Educators in Early Learning, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science
OSPI and the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) are reviewing applications for 2019–20 Early Learning, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science Fellows. The application period closed on May 24, 2019. If you are interested in becoming a Fellow, or have questions about the application process, please contact your regional Early Learning, English Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science coordinator.
Fellows participate in professional learning and engage in leadership opportunities to support district, school, or organizational implementation and professional learning of state learning standards in ELA, mathematics, and science, and the Early Learning Guidelines. The three-year program allows for deeper and expanded learning in the topics of leadership, content area knowledge, adult learning, change management, equity, use of data and analytics, and student growth. 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.
Districts should encourage teachers and other educational leaders, early learning providers, or instructional coaches to participate from:
- English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and early learning (P–3).
- Special Education to join mathematics, ELA, or early learning Fellows. (Teams of Special Education and General Education teachers from a single district or school are encouraged.)
- Career and Technical Education to join mathematics or science Fellows.
- Schools receiving comprehensive or targeted supports under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support the development and inclusion of teacher leaders in school improvement activities.
Fellows who have participated for more than three years “graduate” and 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. Fellows who elect to become Emeritus Fellows should complete the Emeritus Fellows’ Interest Survey.
State-level overview of the Washington State Fellows' Network (9.01 min Screencast)
“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!”
Beaver Valley School
What is the Washington State Fellows' Network?
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), science, and the Early Learning Guidelines. The Network has steadily grown since its inception in 2013 to include more content areas and instructional leaders.
How is the Washington State Fellows’ Network distributed?
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 10 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
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 30 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 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 the travel, substitute, and (possible) registration costs for Fellows to attend and participate in a minimum of four one-day regional professional learning convenings.