Developing Relationship-Driven Educators

The FuelEd Fellowship

A select cohort of Early Childhood Educators nationwide will learn, connect and create change for the 2021-2022 academic year.


About the FuelEd Fellowship

The FuelEd Fellowship is a year-long program that provides underrepresented, under-resourced, and underserved educators with free access to FuelEd’s flagship curriculum, community support sessions, and professional development.

Two cohorts of ten to twelve educators will be selected for this opportunity to develop the interpersonal skills, self-awareness, and emotional well-being necessary to transform their classrooms, schools, and the education system at large.

The Fellowship will empower those on-the-ground in classrooms, schools, and districts to reimagine and redesign their classrooms, schools, and districts into workplaces where whole educators are developing whole children. Through this life-changing experience, FuelEd fellows will be catalyzed to apply new skills and self-awareness toward 1) the development of relationship-driven cultures in their spheres of influence and 2) the development of new practices for growing others inside their spheres of influence.

June - Aug 2021

PHASE 1 : Workshops & Trainings

Through a three-day online training, fellows will engage in both knowledge building and self-reflection to enhance their own emotional intelligence, mental well-being, and interpersonal skills.


Fellows will:

  • Recognize the impact of relationships on the developing brain and its capacity to learn
  • Fuel their self-awareness about why certain student or adult behaviors trigger them
  • Identify their own attachment style, how it developed, and how it impacts them today
  • Rev up their emotional well-being by enhancing their self-acceptance and self-compassion

Aug - Nov 2021

PHASE 2 : Continued Development & Applied Learning

Fellows meet monthly in facilitated groups to deepen their self-reflection and practice new skills, and weekly in pairs for one-hour conversations to provide and receive support and encourage growth.


Fellows will:

  • Benefit from a confidential, safe space to discuss concerns, stressors, emotions openly and honestly
  • Activate the innovative relationship practice of stewardship to support and grow one another through relationship
  • Observe, practice, and enhance interpersonal abilities such as listening skills or communicating in a direct, healthy and appropriate way

Nov 2021 - May 2022

PHASE 3 : Capstone Project & Celebration

Fellows will spend time in reflection, application, and planning as they engage in a process of bringing core learning and innovative relationship practices to their spheres of influence.


  • Develop a capstone project for implementation in the Spring of 2022
  • Present an overview of their Capstone during the final in-person Fellows Celebration in November 2021
  • Receive ongoing support from FuelEd staff through the Spring Semester of 2022 as they implement and evaluate its success


Who should apply for the FuelEd Fellowship?

2021 Scholars will be educators selected from the fields of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE). Applicants should be educators who work directly with children or serve in leadership roles at their care center/school. Ideal candidates have a passion for personal development and adult Social Emotional Learning (SEL), are excited about innovation, and willing to take risks. They also have the time and capacity to devote their attention to the entirety of the experience.

Who is leading the FuelEd Fellowship?

FuelEd Partners Dr. Kelley Munger and Jasmine Barnes will be co-leading the research and coordination of the program. FuelEd Trainers Brian Jaffe and Rebecca Guillory will be co-facilitating the training delivery and elements of the subsequent extended learning. Learn more about these individuals on the Our Team page.

How much does the fellowship cost?

All fellowship expenses will be covered by FuelEd. This includes any potential travel, materials or additional resources.

What if I can't commit to the full time commitment?

It's essential that all Fellows are able to commit to a full year of the Fellowship starting with an orientation in May of 2021. Each phase builds on the other and culminates in a capstone project.

Can current FuelEd Alumni apply?

Yes. However, the core curriculum pulls from FuelEd's Whole Educator Collective (WEC) Curriculum. If you've recently attended WEC with your organization, the fellowship opportunity may not be the best fit for you at this time.

Where will the fellowship take place?

All Fellowship elements take place virtually in light of current pandemic-related restrictions for group gatherings except for the capstone celebration which will take place in person in November of 2021 pending the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic.