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Established in 2003, the Boettcher Teachers Program is a dual licensure and master's degree fellowship designed to prepare a highly-skilled workforce of professional educators who make a difference in the individual lives of low-income students and communities and the schools that serve them. Boettcher Teaching Fellows are specially trained and endorsed to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students, and earn a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver, as well as a Colorado teaching license from the Colorado Department of Education.

The program takes five years to complete, and fellows are awarded full tuition in exchange for a commitment to teach in low-income schools in the metro Denver area. In the first year of the program, the teacher residency year, fellows receive a living stipend and complete licensure requirements. In years two through five, they are full-time, salaried teachers. By the end of year two, fellows have earned their master's degree; and by the end of year five, they have satisfied their teaching service obligation.

Teaching subject areas include:
Elementary Education (grades K-6 license), Primary (K-2) and Upper Elementary (3-5); Secondary Education (grades 7-12) in the following content areas: Science, Mathematics, English, Social Studies, and K-12 Spanish.
Contact information:
For further information contact the Program Coordinator, Deborah Barton, at the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC): 303-861-8661, or email her with questions at

Echoing Green has modeled its fellowship program around its distinct approach to social change:

Social entrepreneurs play a vital role in fostering societal change
  • The next big idea for social change will come from a robust pipeline of new leaders with innovative solutions.Social entrepreneurs exhibit an extremely high level of passion and commitment to their ideas. As a result, they remain steadfast on realizing their vision, but they also remain malleable in order to weather the obstacles that they will confront.
  • Social entrepreneurs are extraordinary "bridgers." They have the great ability to deeply engage multiple and diverse stakeholders in their work, attracting corporate, public, and nonprofit leaders alike.
Social entrepreneurs need support and a strong network to succeed
  • Social change work is oftentimes lonely and arduous and beyond the capacity of any one individual, especially during its start-up stage.
  • A strong network of support is critical to sustaining the work of great societal leaders and broadening their impact.
More risk-taking is requiring in the philanthropic sector to drive true social change
  • The entrepreneurial spirit that has long driven the economic growth in the U.S. and around the world needs to be brought to the social sector. Social change is created by developing new approaches that address root causes.
  • Throughout history, breakthrough ideas and social change tend to come from the margins of society.
  • New organizations, unconstrained by tradition, are often best able to challenge the status quo.
The Echoing Green Fellowship selection process is highly competitive. In 2006, we received 883 applications for 20 fellowships. Thus, the following tools will help you evaluate the eligibility and potential competitiveness of your application.
  • Pre-Application Questionnaire– This survey walks you through the 21 key criteria for a successful Echoing Green application. At the conclusion, it will provide you with a personalized application audit.
  • Selection Criteria– A listing of Echoing Green’s standards for eligibility and competitiveness.
  • Partnership Guide– If you’re considering applying as a partnership (an organization led by two individuals), we recommend that you review the considerations discussed in this document.

For more on the application process, view the application process.

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