Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Foundational Teacher Fellowship (FTP)!

WPS invites schools serving high-need communities across the country to nominate teachers for our Foundational Teacher Fellowship, an immersive learning program for experienced teachers interested in deepening their instructional practice and building their capacity to support colleagues in their schools. Rather than teaching tools, tactics, and strategies, the Foundational Teacher Fellowship creates powerful learning experiences that shift the way teachers view their practice, their students, and their peers.

If you are a network or school leader interested in nominating teachers for the Fellowship, please email us at info@wpsinstitute.org to set up a call.


Is there tuition to participate in this yearlong Fellowship? 
Where is the Fellowship held?
Our campus is based just outside of Boston in Newton, MA with plenty of outdoor space, onsite parking, and public transportation nearby.
Do I have to be local to participate? 

Our program is designed to be inclusive of educators across the country, who would like to participate in our fellowship.  We host three in-person sessions, where participants will travel to Boston, MA and stay in town for the entire duration of the session, ranging from 4-7 days depending on the session.  Accommodations will be provided by WPS at a neighboring hotel, those that are local can use their own discretion of whether to commute to campus or opt-in to provided accommodations.   

Where will I stay when in Boston? 

WPS has a beautiful campus in Newton, MA outfitted with classroom spaces, and spacious conference rooms.  We will provide housing at a neighboring hotel in the Greater Boston area, along with shuttle service to and from the WPS campus in Newton, MA.

Are meals included during in-person sessions? 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are provided by WPS for the duration of the in-person sessions. 

Do I need to provide my own transportation during the program?
Shuttle buses will transport teachers between the campus and hotel at the beginning and end of the day. Teachers may also drive themselves between the two locations.
What are my commitments during the Fellowship year? 

Each participating teacher commits to engage in all in-person sessions for the Fellowship year.  In between sessions there will be some application activities and virtual convenings with your peers to continue communication and consultation.

What is the Case Study Method?
In the case study method, participants engage with fictionalized stories that present real-life dilemmas in schools. Drawing on their reading of relevant research as well as their own lived experiences, participants critically reflect, actively discuss, and engage with the diverse viewpoints of their peers
What does a typical day look like?

Days are full; fellows are on campus from 9:00 am-4:00 pm with a cohort. A typical day may include morning and afternoon sessions along with prework reading and small group prep.

Can I participate in other WPS programs throughout the Fellowship Year? 

WPS offers several specialized programs throughout the school year for practicing teachers and school leaders.  Fellows have access to these program offerings, free of charge, and are invited to participate.  

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