The Fellowship

Cultivating a vision of excellence

“It was an extremely well-rounded, focused, and purposeful professional experience that combined practical experiences with knowledge building in school design.”  -Past Fellow

About the Fellowship

The New Schools For Phoenix Fellowship is an intensive five-month experience designed to cultivate transformative leaders with the awareness, knowledge, and ability to lead highly-effective schools. Allowing for continuation of current work or study, the Fellowship uses evenings and weekends for Fellows to visit highly-effective schools nationally, dialogue with school leaders, build knowledge of excellent school design, and craft a vision for their own schools. Ideal candidates are current school leaders in the Phoenix urban core ready to take their school to the next level or innovative leaders who want to design a new model that will dramatically raise the bar for student achievement in a low-income, urban community. Upon completion of the Fellowship, leaders will advance to our School Incubator or Pathway to Excellence.

The Fellowship is built on three core principles:

Be a Visionary

Be a Visionary

The New Schools For Phoenix Fellowship cultivates visionary leadership through a thorough and comprehensive process that inspires self-assessment, goal setting and action planning. It's intended to culminate in a new or redesigned high-quality school for students.

Know the Possible

Know the Possible

The New Schools For Phoenix Fellowship includes visits to highly-effective schools, case studies and robust dialogue with peer. School visits represent a variety of school models, exposing Fellows to exemplars in the field.

Understand School Design

Understand School Design

The New Schools For Phoenix Fellowship teaches practices of highly-effective schools. Fellows will study various educational models through research, dialogue, and school visits as they work toward creating a vision, mission and core values for their own school.

Meet the Fellows

Meet the Fellows

The New Schools For Phoenix Fellows represent a diverse group of leaders with experience in charter schools, traditional school districts and higher education. Selected in a competitive process, these Fellows are on the path to expanding quality K-12 options for students in the Phoenix urban core.

Charter Schools Program

Start-Up Grants Available

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Tuition, workshop materials, and travel and lodging costs during excellent school tours will be paid for by New Schools For Phoenix. Upon completion of the Fellowship, leaders on track to found a new school can apply for up to $750,000 in grant funding through the Arizona Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program to pay for additional coaching and support.

Ideal Candidates

Our Fellows have the experience and dispositions to develop a vision and lead a school to high levels of performance.  Candidates have at least three years of teaching experience and at least two years of leading a team. Learn more.

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