Funded through a $4.5 million gift from an anonymous donor, Hollyhock is a competitive 2-year program of teacher professional development that selects candidates from across the country with 2 to 7 years of high school teaching experience in science, mathematics, history or English, with a record of exemplary teaching and a commitment to professional growth. The fellowship is aimed at teachers in high-poverty, hard-to-staff schools in an effort to help reduce teacher turnover. A recent Stanford study shows that student achievement is damaged by high teacher turnover and that the effect is particularly strong in schools with more low-performing students, which tend to be in impoverished neighborhoods. The Hollyhock Fellowship Program is targeted towards keeping highly effective teachers in the classroom, especially in underserved schools and districts.
The Stanford Graduate School of Education is committed to fundraising for this program so that we can continue to help cover the costs of the important resources offered to each Fellow.
“The Hollyhock experience was the best professional development that I've received as an educator. It revitalized my desire to teach more than ever. I'm excited to get back into the classroom and teach this year.” -2016 History fellow
“I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm so inspired after being here and can't wait to try all that I've learned. I have made lifetime friends here. Thank you! I can't wait to make you all proud!” -2016 English fellow
“I feel ready to make changes I know will impact the way my students learn in my classroom. I am ready to fail, grow, and improve my practice. I am excited to collaborate with my school team, and hollyhock coaches/fellows. Thank You.” -2016 Math fellow