Meet our inaugural cohort of Teacher Fellows!
Teachers are leaders in their classrooms, their schools, and their communities. They are powerful advocates for our students and we aim to amplify their voices through leadership opportunities like our Teacher Fellows program.
Teacher Fellows is a half-year policy and advocacy fellowship for Greenville County Schools educators. Participants will meet twice monthly to learn from experts, discuss education policy in South Carolina, and develop their advocacy skills. This is an intensive fellowship and will require out-of-session work, including but not limited to, readings, research, and journal entries.
Participants will earn a stipend of $1,200, paid in two installments of $600.
If you have additional questions that are not answered in the FAQ section below, please contact PEP’s Community Advocacy and Government Affairs Coordinator by phone at (864) 233-4133.
Teacher Fellows FAQ
Greenville County Schools teachers, librarians, counselors, reaching coaches, instructional coaches, and other non-administrative educators working in schools are encouraged to apply. Those working in Title I and OnTrack Greenville schools will receive preference. Applicants must be in good standing with the District. Our goal is a diverse cohort of professionals that represent different levels of experience, both within the school system and as advocates.
Cohort 1 will begin in December 2020 and end in June 2021. Cohort 2 will begin in September 2021 and end in June 2022. We are currently accepting applications for the shorter fellowship, Cohort 1, only.
The fellowship is free. Participants will earn a stipend of $1,200 for their participation. All materials will be provided as well.
The inaugural cohort will include between 6 - 10 participants.
Participants will be expected to participate in every session; however, we understand that life throws us curve balls and things come up. As such, participants may miss two sessions and still earn their certificate of completion. We recommend applying to participate in a later cohort if the time commitment doesn’t feel doable at this time.
The inaugural cohort will meet twice monthly, mostly evenings for 2 - 3 hours. We anticipate the meetings taking place mostly virtually, though the cohort will have a say in where and how the meetings occur. The final schedule is unavailable at this time. However, the first meeting will take place on Monday, December 14, 2020 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and is mandatory.
The inaugural Teacher Fellows program will be shorter than subsequent cohorts. This is, in large part, due to Covid-19 and the stress that teachers have experienced during the return to school this fall. Additionally, Cohort 1 will be a prototype of sorts, and participants will influence the look and structure of future programming. As such, we are looking for creative, trailblazing individuals to round out the inaugural cohort.
PEP will award a certificate of completion that participants may then submit to the school district as “out of district” professional development. It is up to the school district whether they will accept the certificate of completion.
Yes, applications will be considered on a rolling basis through 5:00 p.m. on November 29, 2020. Finalists will be asked to participate in a group interview the week of November 30 and will be notified of their acceptance to the program no later than December 7.
Check back in August for more information on how to apply to be a part of our second Teacher Fellows cohort.