Athena Summer Fellowships

Are you hungry to join a community of educators around the country?  Are you eager to share your best and favorite assignments, classroom activities and discussion questions? Are you excited to offer feedback to others?  We're looking for high school English, History, Humanities, or Religion/Philosophy teachers like you! 

Athena Summer Fellowships are not geographically restricted; you can participate from any location with internet access. The summer has a flexible weekly schedule (5-7 hours per week) and includes a $500 stipend. 

Here’s what teachers said about their experience during our pilot last summer:

“Athena is the best experience I have had in terms of connecting with other teachers online.”

“It felt like the big, collaborative English department I've always wanted to have. Maybe even better, because some of the teachers I was collaborating with came from history and religion departments.”

“This was one of the finest asynchronous professional development experiences I have participated in.”

“This experience was a great example of how truly constructive criticism can build community and encourage even better work to take place. I felt validated by my fellow teachers.”

“The connections with colleagues that budded were meaningful.”

The structure of the fellowship follows a flexible weekly timeline:

Between June 15 and June 30: Join an online introduction to Athena and to other summer fellows. Learn about shared areas of interest, best practices for sharing online, and details of the summer.  Set personal goals.

Between July 1 and July 21: Share your best and favorite work (assignments, questions, activities, etc) on topics you love. Browse the work of others, offer and gather feedback, start conversations and grow. 

Between July 22 and August 15: Inspired and shaped by collaboration with other teachers, begin a second round of sharing. Discuss and learn once again, then complete an exit survey about your experience.

Build a professional network, draw inspiration from dozens of other teachers, improve your best work.  The Athena Summer Fellowship is an opportunity to find and grow your community.  

By the numbers:

2017 Summer Fellows who said...

  • ...they would do this fellowship again: 100%
  • ...colleagues at their school would find Athena useful: 100%
  • ...the fellowship was a valuable professional development experience: 100%


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