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Innovative Educator Fellows is a new initiative from the PEF Innovation Hub and Hamilton County Schools for public school educators across the greater Appalachia region. This unique professional development experience seeks to develop a network of innovative educators who imagine, pilot, and lead efforts to scale effective educational initiatives for all students. Fellows will learn to blend research-based leadership strategies with innovative instructional models and cultural competency training to design, model, and share innovative educational practices that accelerate student achievement for all learners. 

Do you embrace possibility thinking and are you ready to be a part of a collaborative effort to create new and effective learning opportunities for all students?


If so, we want YOU!


Deadline Extended!

Apply by midnight,

May 28


  • Must have at least three (3) years of full-time teaching experience in a public school grades K-12.

  • Must commit to continuing in a full-time role in public education during the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Must actively participate in the program to be eligible for all incentives.

  • We will accept up to 30 fellows from Hamilton County Schools and up to 30 additional fellows from partner school districts across the greater Appalachia Region. For more information on partner districts, please contact Michael Stone prior to applying.


  • Participate in the in-person summer institute: July 19-23, 2021 in Chattanooga, TN (sessions include half-day events with national speakers, breakfast and lunch provided, and two evening outings with the cohort).

  • Participate in eight half-day workshops during the school year via Zoom (monthly in September, October, November, December, January, February, March, and April).

  • Develop and pilot an innovative educational initiative and identify key performance indicators that align with your school/district strategic plan.

  • For teachers in HCS, work with the Office of Innovation and Choice to support the expansion of Innovation Cohorts.

  • Participate in the culminating two-day celebration in June 2022, in-person in Chattanooga, TN (date TBD by cohort).



  • Innovative Educator Fellows will receive a stipend to recognize their time and dedication to learning.

  • Travel assistance will be provided for all out of region fellows who require hotel accommodations.

  • Fellows will receive relevant curricular materials, literature, and technology throughout the fellowship.

  • Ongoing coaching and support from the PEF Innovation Hub and HCS Office of Innovation and Choice.

  • Alumni will have opportunities to mentor future cohorts so we can grow the network and continue the development of a collaborative community of innovative educators. 



To apply, simply fill out the application for, then sign and submit the Agreement Letter by midnight May 28, 2021. Note that the agreement form must be signed by the applicant and your principal.

  • Engage with innovative learning experts from across the country

  • Develop and launch an innovative initiative

  • Explore digital fabrication in HCS world-leading eLab network

  • Collaborate with teacher leaders

  • Cultivate new opportunities to  to close equity gaps for all learners​


Contact Cliff Brittingham 423.648.4448


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