The ImpactLab Teacher Fellowship
Empowering, individualized, action-oriented Professional Development.
The ImpactLab Teacher Fellowship helps passionate teachers turn an idea into a “solution” in a supportive, small-group format with the guidance of an experienced coach. Over the span of ten months (September through June) our Fellows:
Learn the “how-to” of turning an idea into a solution through problem-solving, design and leadership skills. Our methods come primarily from the worlds of entrepreneurship, design and software development.
Connect with innovative teachers from across the US. Develop lasting relationships and expand your professional network. Become part of an active and expanding education innovation community.
"I have some questions."
We have some answers! This idea of supporting educator-led innovation within schools is pretty new so we expect there will be lots of questions. We have included several answers below and welcome additional questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What's the timeline?
How is the program structured?
The Teacher Fellowship is fast-paced with new content every two weeks, September through June. Fellows start building their solutions right away and learn methods and techniques as they become relevant in the context of this work.
The curriculum is efficiently packaged and everything ImpactLab asks you to do is timely and targeted. Each two-week "sprint" consists of new learning(s), coaching, reflection and peer interaction.
Learning groups are small and bi-weekly coaching sessions (held online) are led by an experienced ImpactLab coach. Start times are somewhere from 5pm to 8pm in your time zone.
Formal and informal support is ongoing in our digital community where you will interact not only with peers, but also coaches, guest mentors and program alumni.
What does the program cost?
The fee for 2018-19 is $900 per teacher.
“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:
What kind of projects do you support? What are some examples?
We support teachers who are driven to solve a problem in their school community through a project (or “solution”) that is both sustainable and replicable. Projects may take many forms depending on the problem a Fellow is working to solve. Some examples:
The strongest applicants will have ideas for solutions that are:
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
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 in your current school community. We prefer applicants to have the support of one or more school leaders.