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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
 
Q: What kind of work would I be doing as a Teacher Fellow or Teacher Voice Network Leader? What is the time commitment?
The Teacher Fellowships require approximately 10 hours of work each month. Most of this work is done virtually, during off-hours (i.e. evenings and weekends). The work includes phone conversations with each other, writing op-eds and letters to the editor, hosting Focus Groups and conducting online outreach among peers, attending state or national meetings, etc. Our Teacher Fellows remain in their teaching positions full-time and we strive to minimize any time spent away from the classroom.
 
Q: Where will the summer Orientation take place?
The two-day Orientations (Convening I) will take place in a central location within your state, which will be communicated to all accepted Fellows. Decisions on the location depend on travel options and what is best for the group (train, plane, or driving—expenses covered). 
 
Q: How often and when would I have to miss school?
Teacher Fellows and Teacher Voice Network Leaders should plan for at least 2 professional development travel opportunities (trainings, conferences, etc.) throughout the year that may require them to miss 2-3 days of school, depending on availability and interest. These opportunities provide valuable instruction and allow teachers to represent their districts and schools. Hope Street Group covers the cost of travel. Each application requires the expressed support of your Administrator to participate in these opportunities.
 
Q: What is the duration of the fellowship?
The Teacher Fellowships and Teacher Voice Network are officially 12 months, starting from the orientation date, typically with the opportunity to extend to a second year.
 
Q: Are part-time teachers eligible?
Yes! We encourage all public and charter school teachers and instructional coaches (including those in hybrid roles) to apply. These fellowships are not currently designed for administrators, however.