TDP Fellows 2015-2016 At-A-Glance

The Program

Fellows apply for the program in late winter, submit an application, and have an initial interview.  Ideally applicants attend a few TDP sponsored events during the spring in order to get to know existing fellows and learn more about the program prior to the Summer Institute. The Summer Institute takes place over seven or eight days spread out over the summer. During the school year, fellows participate in activities approximately once per week or 4 times per month including Inquiry-to-Action Groups and Community Events.

Application and Interviews

Application Period:                 January 1, 2016 to March 30, 2016

Acceptance Letters:               April 30, 2016

Summer Institute

(Note: Credits and tuition awards will be available for anyone who has completed the application process and interview)

June 27-June 29

  • 3 full-day workshops that focus on figuring out who you are as a teacher in Baltimore City; social justice curriculum writing and pedagogy; and steps to becoming an education activist.


  • Attend 2 of the four follow-up days on July 13,14, 27, 28.
  • Attend critical reflection sessions (1 or 2)
  • Attend the 2-day intensive Introductory Video Workshop that will take place in early August.

Inquiry-to-Action Groups (ITAGs)


Low Floor/High Ceiling Math for Middle School: Aug-Oct 2015

This workshop is an opportunity for 8-10 middle school math teachers to research, make, implement and reflect on math lesson plans and pedagogical approaches using a structured peer-review process.

Social Justice Curriculum Writing (Wed 5-7pm–Sep 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 18 2015)

This ITAG is an opportunity for 6-8 teachers to research, make and implement a social justice unit plan to be published using a peer-review process (similar to the Chicago Grassroots Curriculum).

Beginner Video Production (Wed 5-7 pm–Dec 2, 9, 16 Jan 6, 13, 20)

This workshop is geared toward people who have taken the Introductory Video Workshop.  The six sessions will include short readings, examples of video effects, practice exercises, one-on-one assistance, and additional resources.

Education Advocacy: Issue Reading and Research (Wed 5-7pm–Mar 2, 9, 16, 23; Apr 6, 13, 20, 27)

This ITAG is an opportunity for 8-10 teachers and education advocates to do some serious reading and research into the issues behind the current trends in education policy.

Intermediate Video Production: February to June 2016

This is an opportunity for a selected group of approximately 6-7 people to participate in an on-going series of workshops and one-on-one on-site professional consultation with the goal of making a polished 5-minute film to be shown at our end-of-year “School Stories: The Human Face of Policy” event in early June 2016.


TDP fellows participate in community events and larger events that TDP puts on each year where we invite a whole crowd of people to join us in looking at the human face of education policy. Read more about Community Events here.