K-12 Educator Fellowship Eligibility

  • Must be a resident of Virginia 
  • Possess knowledge/understanding of the Virginia Standards of Learning
  • Be willing to create diverse and inclusive content for a Virginia K-12 classroom
  • We especially encourage educators who relish collaboration

Pictured: The 2023 Brown Teacher Institute in Wise County, hosted by the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Photo by Peter Hedlund/Virginia Humanities

Fellowship Deliverables and Expectations

By the end of the fellowship, fellows will have developed two unit plans with classroom activities. As part of the lesson plan, educators will be able to choose one of the following learning experience deliverables to be attached with the plan (or, in consultation with the Virginia Humanities team, can suggest another option as well): an audio file/podcast segment, a virtual tour, a video, story maps, a webpage/online exhibition, a zine or bookmaking project, or other original, creative project a K-12 classroom can engage with. 

Educators, in collaboration with one another and Virginia Humanities staff, will also help to plan a professional development teacher workshop (may be either virtually or in-person). The Fellows are not required within this fellowship to run the professional development workshop, however there may be further opportunities and additional stipends available to implement and take part in the workshop in 2025. The work educators produce and the process of developing this work will be key to this professional development session. 

During the nine-month contract, fellows will participate in a virtual orientation session in the first month (April 2024) and monthly virtual meetings throughout the contract. They will be expected to attend the orientation sessions and at least six of the virtual meetings, with the opportunity to participate in optional meetings and brainstorming sessions. Fellows will share their progress amongst their cohort during virtual meetings and are encouraged to interact with the other members of their cohort throughout the fellowship. Halfway through the contract (August 2024), fellows and Virginia Humanities staff will additionally meet to check-in and review progress thus far in the process.

This work is fully virtual, however there may be additional, optional opportunities in-person.