How can teachers make a bigger impact without leaving the classroom?


  • Even the best-run schools have problems. And passionate teachers like you have ideas for solutions.


    So what if you had support to help bring these ideas to life at your school?


    And what if you could learn leadership and innovation skills along the way?


    That's what you'll get in the ImpactLab Teacher Fellowship

  • As a teacher you’re on the front lines of education and a witness to the problems and possibilities students and school communities face each day. Your insights for change are a precious resource that can help bring about a better future for children. But turning insights into something concrete, like a new after-school program, is a big challenge and requires new skills and support.


    That’s where we come in.


    ImpactLab supports K12 teachers who are passionate about solving a problem in their school community and have a solid idea on how to get it done. Real change happens when motivated people like you are empowered with the knowledge, skills and support to turn good ideas into solutions. Our mission at ImpactLab is simple: to help you be successful in this effort.

  • The ImpactLab Teacher Fellowship

    Empowering, individualized, action-oriented Professional Development.


    The ImpactLab Teacher Fellowship helps change-making teachers turn an idea into a sustainable and replicable “solution” in a supportive, small-group format. Over a span of ten months (September - June) our Fellows:


    Learn the “how-to” of turning an idea into a sustainable program through problem-solving, design and leadership skills.


    Build and launch your “solution” at your school with the support of your coach, peers and mentors.


    Connect with innovative teachers from across the US and develop lasting relationships.

  • "The ImpactLab Fellowship allows for a paradigm shift. Teachers can now lead the change."

    Lucas Elliott
    ImpactLab Teacher Fellow 2016-17

  • "I have some questions."

    We have some answers.

    What's the timeline?

    • Rolling acceptances (we encourage applying early!)
    • Application closes 9PM CT JULY 15, 2017
    • Acceptances sent by August 20, 2017
    • Program on-boarding begins late August, 2017
    • First coaching session in late September, 2017
    • Program wrap-up June, 2018

    How is the program structured?

    “How-to” Curriculum: Highly practical content focused on project design and innovation leadership delivered in “nibbles”.

    Small Classes: 12 Fellows led by an experienced ImpactLab coach every two weeks in a virtual session (typical start times are 5pm or 6pm in your time zone).

    Community of Support: Structured and unstructured peer support, mentors, active digital community.

    “My professional network has grown greatly due to the experience of the fellowship.”

    - 2016-17 Fellow

    Is this program a good fit for me and visa versa?

    The ImpactLab Teacher Fellowship is designed for full-time K-12 teachers with the following traits:

    • passionate about solving a problem in their school community
    • want to learn skills that will help them design and build a solution
    • 3+ years of classroom experience (and LOVE teaching)
    • have a track record of instructional effectiveness
    • located anywhere in the US
    • teach in a public, public charter or private school

    What kind of projects do you support? What are some examples?

    We support teachers looking to directly or indirectly boost student growth through innovations that are sustainable and replicable. Projects (or “solutions”) may take many forms depending on the problem a Fellow is working to solve. Some hypothetical examples:

    1. Problem: Weak parental involvement among non-English speaking parents
      Solution: A program that attracts them into the building and engages them
    2. Problem: Teacher burnout
      Solution: A new model of team teaching that matches teachers with complementary strengths and redistributes duties accordingly
    3. Problem: Rising high schoolers with poor sense of career options
      Solution: Process that uncovers each student’s strengths and interests leading into a virtual mentoring program with volunteers from across industries

    The strongest applicants will have ideas for solutions that are:

    • High-impact
    • Measurable
    • Achievable
    • Replicable
    • Free or very low-cost to produce and implement
    • Require no (highly) specialized knowledge
    • Sustainable

    What does a finished project look like?

    That depends on what type of project the Fellow created - a technology tool, an after-school program, a school policy or process. However, all Fellow projects culminate in a "How-to Kit" - detailed instructions, shared with the world, enabling anyone, anywhere to replicate the Fellow's project. Here's an example of a How-to Kit from 2016-17.

    “This fellowship helped me to feel energetic and enthusiastic in my 5th year teaching.”

    - 2016-17 Fellow

    Is there a cost to participate?

    Yes. For teachers paying their own way the fee is $600 for 2017-18. If your school pays there are a few options. For more detail have someone contact us at fellowship@impactlab.us.


    Need help paying?

    We have a few ideas:

    1. Academic departments often have funds for teacher professional development.

    2. Ask your school principal to pay fully or split the cost.

    3. Do a fundraiser on DonorsChoose.org or GoFundMe.

    4. Talk to your school PTA.

    5. Ask a local business to help.


    We are happy to provide you with an official document to help your efforts, such as a letter of acceptance to the Fellowship.

    What’s the time commitment?

    For the program itself (coaching sessions, content learning, preparation, reflective writing, and optional elements like mentor sessions) the time commitment is no more than 2 hours per week. That doesn’t include time spent on building your project, which will vary greatly from project to project.

    “The new language of entrepreneurship helped me view my work as not just impactful in the classroom, but in the larger context of my own professional development.”

    - 2016-17 Fellow

    Where and when do the coaching sessions happen?

    Online and in the early evenings.

    School Buy-In: Do I need the OK from school administrators in order to participate?

    The Teacher Fellowship is all about building solutions at your current school. We prefer applicants to have the support of one or more school leaders.

    Ready to apply?

    *Applications Due July 15*