Heinemann Fellows Program Description
Heinemann Publishing has convened a small group of educators who exhibit exceptional promise for concentrated, enhanced pedagogy. This talented fellowship of individuals will pursue the shared goal of advancing the teaching profession. Any K-12 teacher or administrator is eligible regardless of amount of experience or position held. Membership in this group is not a reward for past accomplishments but rather an investment in an educator's originality, insight, and potential impact on the teaching profession.
Ellin Oliver Keene will serve as the Chair of this group. Ellin is the author of numerous professional books on the teaching of reading. She facilitates in depth professional residencies in schools across the US and is currently writing a book on student engagement.
Why a Heinemann Fellows Program?
Heinemann's primary purpose in establishing this group is to expand what we learn from practicing educators. Since our ability to advance the profession is tightly coupled with our understanding of the day-to-day lives of teachers, conducting a series of regular, intimate gatherings with a group of talented and reflective educators will influence our publishing decisions and ensure that we keep a finger on the pulse of varied classrooms and educator experiences. To learn more, read reflections from the first class of Heinemann Fellows.
The common thread among members will be their interest in learning from one another and their desire to share what they know. Fellows will be ambassadors for their schools and districts, as well as for Heinemann.
- The group will comprise ten educators (give or take) from across the country.
- Each member is expected to serve a two-year term, with the opportunity for renewal.
- Members will represent varying levels of classroom experience, at a wide range of grade levels, from a variety of settings (public, urban, rural, Title 1, private, etc.).
Benefits of Becoming a Heinemann Fellow
- The opportunity to enhance your own school and community through collegial interaction with other Fellows and with Heinemann.
- Opportunities to express opinions and share ideas with a national and international audience through Heinemann publications.
- A $1,000 stipend per year, with all related travel costs and expenses incurred to accommodate your absence from your classroom covered by Heinemann.
- $500 worth of professional books per year, to be distributed between your personal and school libraries.
Expectations and Responsibilities of Fellows
- Attend two multiday gatherings per year: one in June, at Heinemann's company headquarters in Portsmouth, NH, and one in November, at a location to be determined yearly.
- Pursue at least one self-selected action research project per year and report findings during scheduled gatherings.
- Document participation and share insights with the group and with immediate colleagues
- Maintain contact with members of the group and with Heinemann via telephone, email, and social media.
- Write at least two short articles a year for the Digital Library.