Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders | Neubauer Fellowship – Overview
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Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership

High-performing principals are uniquely able to improve the quality of Philadelphia’s schools. The Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership provides selected high-performers with quality professional development that refines and augments their leadership skills in order to lead their schools to higher levels of learning.

What we provide

A two-year program for Fellows to hone skills and become entrepreneurial leaders who leverage staff talents and cultivate other partners to increase student achievement. Fellows also are prepared to encourage and guide other aspiring school leaders through their formal and informal networks.

To become a selected Fellow, candidates must demonstrate initial competency in their ability to:

  • Articulate a clear and compelling school-wide vision
  • Create an achievement-oriented school culture characterized by high expectations for students and adults
  • Identify and implement exemplary instructional practices
  • Develop and engage teachers to provide rigorous instruction for students
  • Nurture a safe, supportive environment for students
  • Efficiently manage school operations
  • Communicate and build relationships effectively
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and commitment to ongoing learning
  • Demonstrate commitment to Philadelphia

Fellows receive a $5,000 honorarium for their participation in the two-year program. They also may be invited to serve as coaches, faculty for leadership programs, and/or advisors for new initiatives.

Fellowship Components:

  • The Fellowship begins with an intensive six-day Summer Institute
  • Fellows deepen their learning and sharpen their management skills through leadership workshops throughout the school year
  • Fellows connect with prominent government, business, and non-profit leaders during the “Dinner with Decision-Makers” series
  • Fellows are supported in achieving their goals through collaboration with peers and staff

During the Fellowship, participants learn from core faculty and nationally-recognized authors, researchers, and practitioners. Past faculty have included Michael Fullan, James Spillane, Eric Twadell, Peter Capelli, Shayne Evans, Sigal Barsade and Andy Hargreaves.

“The Neubauer Fellowship has been a great opportunity for me to enhance my practice, enhance my skill set, and be a better leader for my students and teachers. So much of what we do as administrators is in isolation, and we never have the time to sit and work with peers and experts and have conversations about best practice or problems and solutions.”

Jodan Floyd
Principal, AMY Northwest Middle School
2016 Neubauer Fellow in Educational Leadership