Allentown School District and United Way announce Equity Fellowship for Educators

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Allentown School District have partnered to create an Equity Fellowship for educators with the goal of empowering teachers to lead initiatives aimed at enhancing equity outcomes for students within the Allentown School District.

The fellowship is an initiative of United Way’s Marcon Equity Innovation and Impact Lab, which creates community and resources to support existing and emerging equity leaders, enabling them to pursue bold and innovative action towards an equitable Greater Lehigh Valley.

The Equity Fellowship program will support and equip teachers in the Allentown School District to develop initiatives to promote equity and cultural responsiveness in schools.

Using data from the district’s equity audit, fellows will:

  • develop an action plan to address areas of growth with the principal of their school
  • collaborate with other Fellows to develop and implement initiatives to promote equity and inclusion in their schools,
  • and actively participate in professional development opportunities that develop their knowledge and skills related to cultural responsiveness and equity.

Three fellows will be chosen to represent the elementary, middle, and high school levels, respectively. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $3,500 to support the work.

The fellowship will run throughout the 2024-25 school year. Key dates include:

  • Application opens in early May 2024
  • Fellows will be chosen in late May
  • Announced and celebrated at the May 30th You are the Light Ceremony
  • Fellowship begins in September 2024 and ends in June 2025, with new fellows being chosen next May 2025