Teacher fellows are distinguished educators from the Houston metro area who have demonstrated leadership skills and a passion for innovative teaching and learning methods in their classrooms. Established in 2011, the teacher fellows programs allows participants to work with Museum staff to craft new approaches to interdisciplinary classroom curriculum, school and teacher resources, and professional development opportunities at the Museum. The teachers are selected through their participation in other MFAH activities or recommended by Museum staff members.

The MFAH values educators’ expertise and strives for true collaboration to develop meaningful resources for students and teachers. Teacher fellows are essential to developing programs and opportunities for teachers and students at the Museum. 

Call for Applicants

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, announces a call for applicants for the 2018–21 teacher fellow cohort! The MFAH seeks current public school teachers in math, science, English, history, and studio art from Houston-area high schools to become the 2018–21 teacher fellow cohort. 

This cohort collaborates with Museum educators over a three-year term to foster learning in the following ways:

  • Creating arts integrated curriculum
  • Developing new PD opportunities for high school teachers
  • Piloting and evaluating curriculum
  • Assessing needs for student tours of the MFAH
  • Synthesizing the interconnections between in-school and out-of-school learning

The goal of the project is explore how the arts intersect with high school curriculum and out-of-school learning to create sophisticated thinkers in your classroom, now and beyond. Participants investigate how exploring a work of art can contribute to a student’s critical-thinking ability and examine the direct impact of informal learning environments on in-school learning. Teacher fellows collaborate across disciplines to uncover new territory at the art museum while exploring current research and practice.   

Teacher fellows meet at the Museum approximately three times per semester on Saturdays and during the weeklong summer institute each June. Fellows are awarded stipends for their contributions to the project.

How to Apply
To apply, combine the following materials into a single PDF, titled with your last name, and email to chulfish@mfah.org

  1. Current CV and a letter of interest that includes: your school/district information, grade levels currently teaching, subject, and length of time at school.
  2. A 500-word response to the following: What is your philosophy on collaboration and the value of integrating visual art into your content area of expertise?
  3. A description of a time you took a professional leap into new territory and what you learned. 

EXTENDED! Deadline to apply: Sunday, October 14, 2018. Only emailed materials are reviewed. Selected applicants are contacted for an interview.

Interconnections: Bridging Teen Learning Ecosystems at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [grant #10-18-0297-18].