Project Zero Classroom

About Project Zero Classroom

The week-long Project Zero Classroom (PZC) features research-based tools and frameworks that enable you to reflect on your teaching and develop approaches to instruction and assessment that deepen learning and understanding for all of your students.  As a participant, you will explore ways to enhance student engagement, encourage learners to think critically and creatively, and make learning and thinking visible.

Through a combination of presentations, interactive workshops, and small learning groups, you will have the opportunity to explore ideas and practices with PZC researchers, educators experienced in applying PZC ideas in their contexts, and fellow participants from around the world.

About the HLN Fellowship

HLN Fellowships are available to help support educators who plan to attend professional development events. Educators who apply for this fellowship should have a specific program in mind when they apply, whether it's Project Zero Classroom or another similar program, including those offered via an online platform. 

Fellowship awards typically cover tuition and associated professional expenses for individual educators who apply. HLN will award approximately 10 fellowships each year, ranging in amounts from $500-$5,500 per award, based on the applicant’s institute/symposium choice and platform. 

NOTE: Fellowship funds will be awarded to educators upon acceptance to the institute, completion of all required initial registration, and with a written endorsement from his/her current principal/superintendent/immediate supervisor. Some expenses will be provided on a reimbursement basis after the fellowship awardee’s successful completion of the institute. 


Click here to download a PDF of the fellowship application and its instructions. You can use this form to learn about the program and its eligibility requirements, and you can also use it to draft your answers. Then, please use the digital version below to submit your application.

Fellowship Criteria and Eligibility

First-Time Recipients

  1. Applicant must work full time in a role associated with EC-16 education.
  2. Applicant must have at least two years of experience in education.
  3. Applicant must be in excellent standing professionally and must demonstrate a learner-centered 
disposition.
  4. Applicant must be willing to attend HLN fellowship orientation events prior to the awarded institute as 
well as attend professional development meetings throughout his/her two-year commitment to the HLN Fellowship Fund Program. 


Returning Recipients 

  1. Applicant must have at least four years of experience in education. 
  2. Applicant must have completed his/her two-year commitment from the initial Fellowship award prior to 
being eligible for a new award. 
  3. Applicant must be willing to attend HLN fellowship orientation events prior to the awarded institute as 
well as attend professional development meetings throughout his/her two-year commitment to the HLN Fellowship Fund Program. 

General Application Instructions
  1. Applications will be available on the HLN website in January each year.

  2. If any question does not apply to you on the application, indicate "N/A" in the space provided. Questions should not be left blank.
  3. A list of the supporting documents is provided below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  4. Applications are typically due in early March. Deadlines and other important dates will be added here once confirmed.
  5. An e-mail will follow the successful submission of your application. If you apply via mail, you will receive 
an email when your application packet is received. Fellowship award notifications will be delivered via email in early April.

  6. If you have any questions about the application, please contact the HLN Fellowship Program Committee at admin@houstonlearningnetwork.org.
Application Process

Applicants must submit the following items: 

  1. Completed application form. All fields should be completed. Inapplicable questions should be marked with 
"N/A". 

  2. Letter of application addressed to the Scholarship Committee. The letter should contain a brief 
explanation of you as an educator, your approaches in the classroom or other current role, and a problem of practice you seek to pursue through the institute you propose to attend. Letters should not exceed 500 words, single spaced.
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation are required to accompany the application. One letter must be from the applicant’s current principal/superintendent/immediate supervisor. The other letter may be from any other professional contact who has worked closely with the applicant as an educator. Letters of recommendation must be signed and dated, and submitted in a sealed envelope with the completed application via U.S. mail or submitted directly from the recommender to admin@houstonlearningnetwork.org. 

  4. A copy of your resume or vitae.

Applications are typically due in early March. Deadlines and other important dates will be added here once confirmed.

Applications are accepted via U.S. Mail using the address below, email (admin@houstonlearningnetwork.org), or by submitting the online form below.

Houston Learning Network
Attention: Fellowship Program Committee
9307 Woodmeadow Drive
Houston, TX 77025

Project Zero Classroom Application