Teacher Fellowship Program

Program Overview

“It’s incredible to see all of the ways different disciplines and grade levels have incorporated outsider art. I love being part of this thoughtful and inspiring community.” — Yasmin Dalal, Skinner West Elementary School (2017-18 Teacher Fellow)

For more than two decades, Intuit has provided award-winning professional development to educators through its Teacher Fellowship Program (TFP). Throughout the school year, TFP supports a cohort of teachers to create an interdisciplinary lesson plan inspired by outsider artists. By introducing outsider art into their classrooms, Teacher Fellows give their students an opportunity to translate their unique personal visions in new, non-traditional ways.

october 2020-may 2021 Cycle

Due to the changes to the school year because of COVID-19, Intuit transformed the Teacher Fellowship Program this year to meet the needs of teachers navigating hybrid and remote teaching.

The Teacher Fellowship Program comprises five Saturday training sessions (October-May), which are designed to inform and inspire ideas for online teaching. Training sessions include academic lectures, artist-led workshops, tours of outsider art collections, work time and online field trips to museums. Teacher Fellows will act as an advisory council for Intuit in the development of the museum’s online videos for students, live-online field trip experiences for schools and resources geared for students learning at home.

Through these sessions, Teacher Fellows will be able to form a community of teachers engaged in remote teaching, building their online teaching practice and exploring ways to integrate outsider art in their lessons. Teacher Fellows will directly impact and contribute to the creative direction of online resources at Intuit.


  • Fully-active and engaged Teacher Fellows earn 30 CPDUs and a stipend of $500 per teacher for all their remote teaching needs as well as waived admission for a staff-guided online live-field trip to Intuit for their participating classroom.
  • Teacher Fellows receive written and verbal feedback from Intuit education staff and the TFP cohort on their online learning tools, curriculum and resources related to outsider art.
  • Teacher Fellows have access to Intuit’s Robert A. Roth Study Center, which is full of rare and interesting books to help generate lesson ideas.
  • Each year’s cohort will be introduced to new teaching ideas, methodologies and content by art educators.


The Teacher Fellowship Program is open to Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers from all disciplines. We recommend teachers apply in teams of two from the same school, though we realize remote teaching makes this difficult. Teachers can also apply solo. Special consideration will be given to applicant schools with “Developing” and “Emerging” Creative Schools Certification.

Priority will be given to following applicant schools:

  • Schools which have never participated in the program
  • High schools
  • Schools located on the far west and south sides

2020-2021 Saturday Training Sessions

Sessions will be held remotely until further notice.

October 17, 2020, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
November 14, 2020, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
December 12, 2020, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
January 30, 2021, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
March 6, 2021, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

teacher fellowship program 2020-2021 application

Thank you for your interest in the 2020-2021 Teacher Fellowship Program cycle! The application period closed on Friday, October 2, 2020. Intuit experienced some technical difficulties with the previous form, so we transitioned to Google Forms. If you were unable to submit your application successfully by the deadline, please contact Senior Manager of Learning and Engagement Paula Santos at paula@art.org with questions.