Washington State Fellows' Network
State-level overview of the Washington State Fellows' Network (9.01 min Screencast)
“I want to personally thank you for pushing me outside my comfort zone to share science with others. I think being a science Fellow has not only changed my classroom instruction but my thinking. I've learned what I do in my classroom can no longer be a secret and it's important that we share best learning and instruction practices. I never in a million years thought I would stand up in front of adults and share my knowledge with them. That was mind-blowing and I'm still in shock. Basically, I want to thank you for making me feel confident, comfortable and being so supportive in this endeavor - whatever it may be!”
Beaver Valley School
What is the Washington State Fellows’ Network?
How is the Washington State Fellows’ Network distributed?
What do the four content areas of the Network have in common?
How does someone become a Fellow?
What are the commitments of a Fellow?
What are the commitments of the school and district administration?
The Fellows’ Network is a group of instructional leaders convened by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) to support district and community implementation of state learning standards in mathematics,
English Language Arts (ELA), and science, and the Early Learning Guidelines. The Network has steadily grown since its inception in 2013 to include more content areas and instructional leaders.
Fellows Network (PDF)
The Fellows’ Network is distributed across four content areas in all 9 ESD regions of the state.
Math and ELA have been part of the Network since the 2013–14 school year. Science came on board in 2015-16, and Early Learning joined in 2016–17.
Regional ESD Coordinators, in collaboration with OSPI content-area leadership, convene the Fellows three to four times a year to engage in shared learning. Common to all four areas is a commitment to build content learning and instructional leadership, and a focus on equity.
Fellows complete an application process, and then OSPI and the AESD collaborate to select Fellows. The application process is held in the spring, and notifications are usually made by June 10th for the next school year. The criteria guiding selection of Fellows include:
- Geographical distribution across region
- Grade band representation
- (Math, ELA, Science) Evidence of district CCSS/NGSS implementation plans
- Strong district/community support
- Instructional leaders with access to classrooms
- Active in professional learning
- (Math, ELA, Science) Deep understanding of the CCSS/NGSS
- Previous leadership with the ESD, district, or community
- Representation of regional districts involved in the
Professional Learning (TPL) grant.
- Complete Assurances: Work collaboratively with school principal/district leadership (if the Fellow is a teacher) to review and sign the Assurances, which must be accessed and uploaded into the Fellow’s application. (If there is a change in the principal or the Fellow’s work assignment between the time of acceptance and the next school year, the Assurances page will need to be signed by the new administrator prior to September 30th of the following school year to ensure continued participation.)
- Complete a Fellow’s Plan: Collaborate with your district administrator
and/or the school principal (if the Fellow is a teacher) to complete the
Fellow's Plan that outlines how the Fellow’s leadership will be utilized to
support the school, district, or community organization’s implementation of
Washington State K–12 Learning Standards (CCSS or NGSS) or Early Learning
Guidelines. Submit the completed Fellow's Plan to your Regional Coordinator
after each Fellows' Network convening and at the end of the school year.
- Attend Fellows’ Network Convenings: Fellows must attend and participate
in regional professional learning convenings and implement learning from the
convenings within your own instructional practice. The Fellows’ Network has
four convenings per year for each content area and may have additional
virtual check-ins. (Note: Travel and substitute costs associated with all
Fellows' professional learning will need to be financially supported by the
- After each Fellows' Network convening, meet with a district leader
and/or the school principal (if the Fellow is a teacher) to revisit and
update Fellow's Plan in supporting implementation of Washington State
K–12 Learning Standards (CCSS and NGSS).
- Engage in providing data which could include but is not limited to,
student work samples, participation surveys, formative assessment data,
sphere of impact, etc.
- Use the instructional leadership skills developed as a Fellow to widen
the circle of learning. Provide learning opportunities for teachers within
the school and/or district as agreed within the Fellow's Plan. Pay it
- Once a Fellow is accepted, every effort will be made by the ESD
Coordinator to support their success. If circumstances occur that result
in the Fellow not fulfilling their commitment, the Regional Coordinator
will meet first with the Fellow to problem solve. If follow-up is
needed, the Regional Coordinator will meet with the district leader
and/or the school principal to ensure the building/district has a
- Assurances: Work collaboratively with the Fellow to review and sign the Assurances page of the Fellow’s application. (If there is a change in the principal or the Fellow’s work assignment between the time of acceptance and the next school year, the Assurances page will need to be signed by the new administrator prior to September 30th of the following school year to ensure continued participation.)
- Fellow’s Plan: Collaborate with the Fellow to complete the Fellow's Plan
that outlines how the Fellow’s leadership will be utilized to support the
school, district, or community organization’s implementation of Washington State
K–12 Learning Standards or Early Learning Guidelines.
- Fellows’ Network Convenings: Meet with the Fellow after each Fellows'
Network convening to revisit and update the Fellow's Plan. Provide opportunities
for the Fellow to share their learnings with colleagues or community members.
- Travel and Substitute Costs: Support the travel, substitute, and (possible)
registration costs for Fellows to attend and participate in a minimum of four
one-day regional professional learning convenings.