Teacher Fellowship Program

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)

Program Overview

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 interdisciplinary lesson plans inspired by outsider artists. By introducing outsider art into their classrooms, Teacher Fellows give their students opportunities to translate their unique personal visions in new, non-traditional ways.

October 2021–May 2022 Cycle

Responding to the changes made to the school year due to COVID-19, Intuit transformed the Teacher Fellowship Program to meet the evolving needs of teachers.

Beginning in October and through May, the Teacher Fellowship Program hosts five Saturday training sessions designed to inform and inspire ideas for arts integrated lessons. Training sessions include academic lectures, artist-led workshops, tours of outsider art collections, work time and online field trips to museums. Teacher Fellows will serve as an advisory council for Intuit as the museum develops online videos for students, live-online field trips for schools, and at-home learning resources.

Through these sessions, Teacher Fellows form a community of teachers engaged in building their teaching practice with colleagues from across the city 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.

Benefits

  • Fully active and engaged Teacher Fellows earn 25 CPDUs and a stipend of $500 per teacher for all their teaching needs, as well as waived admission for a staff-guided live-online field trip to Intuit for their participating classroom.
  • Teacher Fellows receive written and verbal feedback from Intuit education staff and the TFP cohort on curricula and resources related to outsider art.
  • Teacher Fellows have access to the Robert A. Roth Study Center, which is home to books and publications that can help generate lesson ideas.
  • The TFP cohort will learn new teaching ideas, methodologies and content from art educators.
  • Intuit will showcase art by students of the 2021-22 program cycle in a Teacher Fellowship Program exhibition.

Eligibility

The Teacher Fellowship Program is open to Chicago Public School educators from all disciplines. Intuit recommends teachers apply in teams of two from the same school. Special consideration will be given to applicant schools with “Developing” and “Emerging” Creative Schools Certification.

Priority will go to the following applicant schools:

  • Schools that have never participated in the program
  • Schools located on the far west and south sides

Saturday Training Sessions

Sessions will take place at Intuit with select dates held online.

October 9, 2021, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
November 13, 2021, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
December 4, 2021, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
January 15, 2022, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
February 19, 2022, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

TFP Open House

Intuit hosted a virtual TFP Open House on Thursday, September 2, 2021, in which Paula Santos shared information about the program and answered some FAQs.

Teacher Fellowship Program 2021-22 Application

Apply to be a Teacher Fellow! The application period is open and will close on September 27, 2021. Please contact Paula Santos at paula@art.org with questions related to TFP and the application.