NYC-Area HS Social Studies Teachers: Apply Now to the Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship

Jan 22, 2024

Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship: Paid Fellowship for Accomplished NYC-Area Social Studies Teachers

Sponsored by Relay Graduate School of Education

The Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship Now Seeking Fellows for our 2024-25 Cohort

About the Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship 

About the Hollyhock Humanities Fellowship

A year-long learning adventure for accomplished metro-NYC area high school social studies teachers. It includes a summer seminar and workshops with renowned historians, great PD, supportive coaching, a wonderful diverse community, as well as a $3,000 stipend! It is sponsored by the Relay Graduate School of Education. 

Reignite your passion for history!

Our Progam

  • Learn from top-notch historians about the Long Reconstruction: The African-American Experience 1865-1965 
    • Dr. Eric Foner, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University, national expert on Reconstruction
    • Dr. Terry Anne Scott– Director Institute for Common Power, Black history expert exploring Lynching and the Great Migration
    • Dr. Yohuru Williams– Distinguished University Chair, leader of the Racial Justice initiative on the “Constant Struggle” 
  • Explore renowned NYC cultural institutions like the NY Historical Society, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of the City of NY, and the Tenement Museum. 

Reinvigorate your love for teaching!  

Our Program

  • Sharpen your craft with excellent, engaging PD in using documents for close reading, discourse and developing historical thinking 
  • Taught by Jamey Verrilli, successful school -founder, principal and history teacher for 26 years and Dr.’s Jon Bassett and Gary Shiffman authors of From Story to Judgement: The Four Question Method for Teaching and Learning Social Studies
  • Year-long, supportive individualized coaching
  • A $3000 stipend, 75 CTLE credits and a chance for 4 A+/P credits.

Connect together in our community!

Our Community

  • Join a diverse community of great social studies teachers from across the NYC-area who will become cherished colleagues in the work!  
  • Feel seen, heard, valued and treated like the professional you are! 

Important dates: 

  • Summer Seminar July 15 – July 26, 2024 
  • 4 Saturday sessions during the 2024-2025 school year: October 19th. 2024, December 7th, 2024, March 1st, 2025, May 17, 2025

Who are the Hollyhock Humanities Fellows? 

Our Fellows

  1. Accomplished high school social studies teachers from the NYC-area who have at least 3 years of teaching experience. 
  2. Fellows are from NYC-area DOE, Charter and Catholic high schools. 
  3. Preference is given to teachers in under-resourced communities (i.e. >50% free and reduced price lunch.) 
  4. Sessions are in-person in lower Manhattan, so must be close enough to join those.  

Learn More

Visit our Website

Join an Information Session

Complete an Interest Form

How to Apply:

We have rolling admissions. The earlier you apply the earlier the better your chances and the quicker you will hear about acceptance.  You may apply anytime but here are our three deadlines:

  • February 5, with decisions by Feb 15, 2024
  • March 5, with decisions by March 15, 2024
  • Final Deadline: April 5, with decisions by April 15, 2024

Apply Now

What our Fellows are saying:

“So far this has been one of the best professional developments that I’ve attended – I have improved my craft more in the past few months than I have in my 10 previous years combined!”  David, Uncommon Charter High School, Brooklyn, NY 

“ This program has helped me be reinvigorated as a teacher and has helped my practice immensely. I’m in awe of my colleagues, and am indebted to them” Daryn, UA School for Law & Justice, Brooklyn NY

“ I feel like a revolution happened in my teaching.” Alexa, Bedford High School, Brooklyn, NY  

“The Hollyhock Fellowship has given me more in my career than any other professional development opportunity. It has given me community. Reignited my flame for teaching. Given me effective and accessible tools to incorporate into my practice. Surrounded by loving and caring fellows and coaches. Plus you have amazing food!” Joseph, UAHS for Applied Math and Science, Bronx 

This has been one the greatest learning experiences of my teaching career. That is not hyperbole, I am not over stating that. This has been the first time I have gotten solid skills and content to grow my practice and engage my students intellectually. I have never felt more take care of, heard and more at ease than at this program. Thank you again for everything you have done for us. You helped build better teachers and a great community. I will be forever grateful for all that you have done. Thank you.  Matt, Spring Creek Community HS, Brooklyn NY


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