EduDesign Fellowship

Look for 2021-22 Applications in Spring.

Learn more about each of our current 2020-21 cohorts below. 


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"This is what I’ve been waiting for."

      – Christy Harris, Teacher at Broadview-Thompson Elementary

"We have to own the scary uncomfortable experimentation process in order to figure out what does work best for us…what is the best practice…and you only really learn it by actually working with other teachers."

      – Jordan Griffith, Teacher at Cedarhurst Elementary



The Problem

Teaching practice must be dynamic in an ever-changing field with evolving student needs. Unfortunately most teachers lack vital opportunities for hands-on professional learning and collaboration with peers. In fact, only 4% will even see their colleagues teach. This professional isolation is detrimental to serving students well and contributes to teacher attrition, with high costs for students and the state.

Our Solution

The UW College of Education EduDesign Fellowship disrupts teacher isolation by supporting professional learning communities created by teachers, for teachers. Fellowship cohorts convene teachers across schools to explore pedagogical questions and instructional practices together. This initiative is grounded in:

  • teaching for social justice and equity,
  • identifying and trying out actionable and practical methods,
  • learning from teachers' experiences and expertise, as well as current research. 

The fellows are supported by UW faculty and community-based organziations to support engaged and meaningful learning and the ability to bring that learning back to fellow colleagues at each participant’s school.


EduDesign has had excellent results. At the end of the first school year following our intial summer pilot, 95% of participants reported increased confidence to try new teaching strategies, and 63% reported increased leadership skills. Since then we have continue to build upon the design of the project to better support teachers each year. Summer 2019 marked the launch of our fifth elementary cohort, our second secondary cohort, and our first special education cohort. All three cohorts are leading their own learning together according to their own needs and interests.


Over the next two years we plan to grow the project to serve four cohorts of 25-30 teachers—impacting more than 5000 students annually. We invite your help to grow this effort to support Washington’s teachers and students as a community partner, local educator, or donor!

Donate Here 

Check out previous Elementary EduDesign Fellowships!

In their own voices: Teachers talk about their EduDesign experiences

2018 Elementary Fellows                                2017 Elementary Cohort 

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2016 Elementary EduDesign focused on Next Generation Science Standards, integrating science across the curriculum, and accessing community resources for science instruction. 

2015 Elementary EduDesign focused on building a teacher's technology toolbox

For more information contact Deborah Massachi (massachi@uw.edu).