Nomination & Application

Nomination & Application


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.


NOMINATORS: PREPARING YOUR NOMINATION

It will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete your nomination. 

​As you prepare your nomination, please plan to share:

  • the teacher’s name, title, organization, and email address;
  • how long you’ve known the teacher;
  • examples illustrating why you believe your nominee would be an outstanding choice for the Fellowship; and,
  • anecdotes that demonstrate the individual’s commitment to the teaching profession. 
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR NOMINATION
Nominees who meet our program criteria will be invited via email to attend an information session and to complete the Fellowship application. If your nominee does not meet our program criteria or if we need further information, we will contact you to let you know or to request additional information. We seek to ensure that each cohort reflects a broad range of perspectives, lived experiences, and school communities. It is our strong belief that creating a diverse cohort is an essential component of the Fellowship’s value and impact on teachers. At times, compelling nominees who meet the Fellowship criteria may be waitlisted and invited to apply the following year. You can expect to hear from us with an update on your nominee when they have been selected or waitlisted for a future cohort.
CANDIDATES: PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION

Through the application process, we hope to learn more about who you are, the work you do, and how you hope to benefit from participation in this immersive professional learning experience. ​As you prepare your application, please plan to share:

  • why you do the work you do: information about your background, your instruction, and your leadership
  • why participation in the Fellowship feels timely for you now;
  • how you take creative approaches to solving persistent challenges
  • and how you are thinking about your professional development needs
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
Candidates will be notified about selection decisions in March (early admission) or April (regular l admission). It is our strong belief that creating a diverse cohort is an essential component of the Fellowship’s value and impact on teachers. At times, compelling nominees who meet the Fellowship criteria may be waitlisted and invited to apply the following year. If you are not placed in a cohort, you will either be notified that you have been waitlisted for a cohort launching within approximately one year, or that you were not selected. We seek to ensure that each cohort reflects a broad range of perspectives, lived experiences, and school communities.


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