Bethune Fellowship

New York, NY - Apr 20 5:00 am to Nov 19, 2016 10:30 am

Price: Free

Bethune Fellowship Project

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”

Mary McLeod Bethune

Led by the New York Urban League the Bethune Fellowship seeks the engagement of teachers, educational advocates and the civil rights community to address matters impacting the performance of children attending New York schools. This fellowship unites these three constituencies that rarely partner to address the state of education. Educators4Excellence and Teaching Matters will co-facilitate this innovative urban education project with the New York Urban League serving as the lead. Fellows will have the opportunity to explore, propose and test hypothesis on recommendations that will be used to inform policy makers, funders and school systems about the potential opportunities to improve the performance of NYC students

The fellowship forges relationships between teacher practice and teacher advocacy (voice) and equity communities to promote greater impact in education reform.

Through its 4 sessions, the fellowship’s guiding framework is akin to Jolie Bain Pillsbury’s “Theory of Aligned Contributions” which posits that coming into alignment with others requires the capacity to see and be transparent about one’s own interest and agenda and internalize the interests and agendas of partners to reach a result. The primary learning question will be to explore how could greater knowledge by teacher practice, advocacy and civil rights groups of each other’s work and trends lead-to greater advocacy and impact around the Common Core Standards, Teaching Effectiveness and Personalized Learning while being inclusive of the diversity represented in New York’s school.

Application Criteria

To submit an application for consideration as a Bethune Teacher Fellow, candidate selection is based on the following criteria:

  • oHave an interest in seeing the quality of education significantly improve for NYC underserved communities
  • oHave experience with New York schools and actively engaged in some area of teaching, education policy, and/or civil rights issues in education
  • oHave school-based experience as an educator, administrator or support professional. We seek young professionals to recent retirees to gain from a diversity of perspectives and best practices
  • oRepresent diverse teaching experiences in academic settings, grades, specialties including special education to represent a cross section of New York students
  • oHave cultural competencies reflective of New York’s urban communities and schools
  • oHave the ability to commit and fulfill the requirements of the fellowship including attending the 4 boot camp sessions and completing pre-reading assignments, group consensus follow-up assignments and production of final project and distribution of surveys
  • oAble to work harmoniously in groups with diverse opinions or approaches to reach a common goal

Fellowship Benefits

oCollegial membership in a collaboration of professional interested in identifying means to improve the education of NYC children

oContributor to an impact report on the Common Core Standards, Teaching Effectiveness, Personalized Learning and Equity in Education

oOfficial association as a Bethune Teaching Fellow including business cards and professional photos

oMicro-credential for use in business social media such as Linked-In

o$250 stipend at completion of fellowship including final survey project

oLetter for professional and/or personnel record indicating successful completion of fellowship

oBethune Fellowship Certificate upon completion

oOne-year membership to the New York Urban League

Application Process

To apply: Complete the Bethune Fellowship Project the application at the link below

Application Deadline: March 24, 2016 @ 11:59PM EST

Four Mandatory half day Boot Camps:

Please note fellows will be divided into two groups - Wednesday evening or Saturday morning cohort. If selected you will be assigned the Wednesday or Saturday group, not both.

Best practice Sat May, 2016 Wed May, 2016

Story telling Sat Jun, 2016 Wed Jun, 2016

Diversity Sat Oct, 2016 Wed Oct, 2016

Leadership in action Sat Nov, 2016 Wed Nov, 2016

Findings Launch & Closing Event (both cohorts) Fri. Nov, 2016

(Please note dates may be subject to change.)

For additional information please or visit the New York Urban League website at

Mary McLeod Bethune, was a leading educator, policy advisor and civil rights activist. While teaching school children, Bethune founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute in 1904, which later became Bethune-Cookman College. She established and was president of the National Association of Colored Women and the National Council of Negro Women. Bethune served three US presidents - Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt in the areas of child welfare, housing and minority affairs.

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