CommunityShare Community Catalyst Educator Fellowship
Activate learner engagement and agency by co-creating real-world learning experiences with your students and community.
Applications Now Open! Apply for the 2024 Fellowship
The CommunityShare Community Catalyst Educator Fellowship offers the opportunity to learn fun, practical and transformative strategies to engage your students and community in real-world learning experiences. We will support you in co-designing learning experiences that sit at the intersection of:
How can the passions and interests of you, your students, and your community drive learning?
How can you access and activate the unique knowledge, skills, and wisdom within your community and connect them to learning?
How can your learning experiences make a difference and build a better world?
Over the course of this 5-month professional learning journey, you will co-create, implement and reflect on at least one community-engaged learning experience. We support and celebrate you along the way with:
- A 15 hour Community Engaged Learning (CEL) deep dive.
- A learning community of creative and dedicated peers.
- Up to 2 hours of 1:1 support from CEL coach.
- Exhibition Day: An opportunity for you, your students, and community partners to share and celebrate your work.
Fellowship Timeline – Spring 2024
Community-Engaged Learning Deep Dive (4 sessions over 11 days)
January – May
Ongoing support, collaboration, and 1:1 coaching.
What our Teacher Fellows Say
Know that this is a work in progress and that there are no right or wrong ways to complete tasks in your project. Be bold, be brave and let your kids take the reigns. You will be pleasantly surprised with what they come up with.
Community Share opens the door for both teachers, community partners, and students. It gives teachers the ability to do a project that they wouldn't have been able to do without the community partner. It shows the students what working in the real world looks like.
The Educator Fellowship provides the critical resources and infrastructure to support engaging, relevant, real-world learning. Magic happens when students are able to work with community partners and teachers to solve real-world problems.
These meetings are the best meetings that I attend all year long. It feels like a mixture of teacher therapy, an inspiring dose of sharing, and professional development all in one.
I am believing in myself as an educator – moving from I can’t do it to seeing the photos of what we’ve done and then saying we did it. I was about to quit my project but became inspired by others in the group.
Students learned about careers where they can implement math skills such as ecology and landscape architecture. They learned to collaborate with others and they experienced how community resources can support and enrich their learning.”
I’ve been doing community projects throughout my career. But CommunityShare opened up a whole avenue of resources for me. I’ve been doing this for a long time, but I was an island - I was doing it on my own. Now, I’m not doing it on my own. I have a whole community of people that are connected to me.
We’re looking for educators who are dedicated not only to enhancing their own practice but in acting as agents of change in their local education communities as well as in the global conversation around education transformation.
2+ Years Teaching Experience
FREE for Educators within a CommunityShare Network*
($500 for other PK-12 Educators)
Questions about costs or interested in scholarships? Contact Us
We have 25 spaces available in our Spring 2024 cohort and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so don’t wait to apply! You’ll hear from us within a week of submission.
If you don’t see your question answered here, drop us a line and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
No! This fellowship is open to all PK-12 educators interested in community-engaged learning. However, CommunityShare educators can participate for FREE and it only takes a few minutes to sign up.
Nope! Ideally, project ideas and community partnerships originate with your students. We will explore how to create the conditions for students and community partners to co-design with you.
We often learn the most from each other. Therefore, active contribution to our virtual conversations is essential to this experience for the whole cohort. This may take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour per week, but we promise it’s worth it. Fellows also have access to up to two hours of individual coaching which can be scheduled in four 30-minute sessions, as needed. Plus, you can opt into a monthly virtual check-in with other Fellows.
We take a systemic approach as it applies to grants and funding. We support each fellow in identifying relevant and sustainable funding options/sources and writing grants as needed.
After the Fellowship, you’ll be invited to join the CommunityShare Advisory Network.
- Utilize storytelling, reflection, and futuring strategies to reveal our aspirations and set personal learning goals.
- Design and implement listening campaigns to root our instructional design in student curiosities.
- Learn strategies to expand and diversify potential community partnerships and build student social capital.
- Develop tools and practices for effectively communicating and co-creating with community partners.
- Apply a framework of authentic contribution to our performance tasks, enhancing the depth and quality of student learning.
- Learn strategies and access resources to secure grants for CEL experiences
In Spring 2024, our Deep Dive will take place online over the following dates:
- January 27: Saturday – full day
- January 31: Wednesday – evening
- February 3: Saturday – half day
- February 7: Wednesday – evening