Introducing: The Passion TO TEACH FELLOWSHIP

What is the Passion to Teach Fellowship?

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Passion to Teach is a new pilot initiative that seeks to support up to five Boston Public Schools teachers*  in the 2018-19 school year in a Fellowship that will:

  • Help you identify an out-of-school passion to bring into your classroom through authentic, standards-aligned curriculum;
  • Support you through expert training, consultation, and facilitation; and

  • Help make your vision a reality through financial and material support.

The project is a special initiative of the Shah Family Foundation, in collaboration with Community Boat Building and the Teacher Collaborative. Through the Passion to Teach initiative, we aspire to support teachers to create innovative, high quality learning opportunities that engage, excite, and energize teachers and their students.  

*Please note that for this first year, we are supporting this pilot in three BPS schools because we want to test out the idea and iterate on the model before we open it up to more schools. If you are unsure whether your school is part of the pilot, please ask your principal or email Maria ( to confirm.

What does it mean to be a Passion to Teach Fellow?

We are currently seeking applicants to our pilot cohort of Passion to Teach Fellows. This group will be selected in the Spring of 2018 and will begin their work together in July 2018 and continue throughout the 2018-19 school year. 

What do I give as a Passion to Teach Fellow?

  • Time to share and reflect on your passion: What is it? Why does it make you happy? How can you bring that into your classroom so that it’s meaningful for you and your students?
  • Brain power to work both with other teachers and independently to look at your existing curriculum and plan to incorporate your passion so that it enhances teaching and learning in your classroom.
  • Willingness to be a trailblazer and flexibility to try something new in your classroom

What do I gain as a Passion to Teach Fellow?

  • A way to meaningfully share your passion with your students and teach it throughout the school year
  • A cohort of colleagues to learn and collaborate with
  • Access to current research and best practices in both your area of passion and in curriculum design
  • Expert support in curriculum design and developing a sustainable way to bring your passion into your classroom
  • Financial and material support to make your vision a reality
  • Two weeklong summer institutes to support you in planning and revising curriculum (Week of July 16th and week of August 13th)
  • 3 day-long Saturday retreats during the 2018-19 school year (October 13th, January 12th, and March 30th)
  • A $5,000 honorarium for the 2018-19 school year

Who should apply?

For the 2018-19 school year, we we will be selecting up to 5 Boston Public School teachers (from a small pool of pre-selected schools; if you are not sure whether your school is part of the pilot, please ask your principal) who fit the following criteria: 

  • A personal/out-of-school passion that you feel is currently "left at the door" but you would like to share with your students (OR a personal passion that you have begun to bring into your classroom and that you would like to expand on).
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to experiment with your existing curriculum and/or experience designing (and redesigning) curriculum.
  • A willingness to be a trailblazer; being part of a pilot of anything will be inherently messy at times. We are seeking people who are interested in rolling up their sleeves and learning together.
  • A commitment to completing the work, including: 2 weeklong summer institutes (week of 7/9 or 7/16 and week of 8/13), 3 daylong Saturday retreats (10/13, 1/12, 3/30), curriculum development and implementation, regular checkins with curriculum support providers and school leaders, and giving feedback that supports the development of Passion to Teach.
  • A commitment to helping us publicize your work in an effort to garner excitement and gain support from teachers, school leaders, and funders.
  • At least three years of successful teaching experience in the Boston Public Schools.

Ready to apply?
Great! Proceed to the application here. Note that you can save and return to your responses. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through Monday, April 23rd at 9am.

Additional questions?
Please reach out to Maria Fenwick at 

Passion to Teach is a special initiative of the Shah Family Foundation, in collaboration with Community Boat Building and the Teacher Collaborative.