Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership

Great schools require great leaders. Philadelphia’s principals change students’ lives.


A two-year cohort-based program for dedicated principals, the Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership develops the critical leadership skills needed to elevate school performance and advance student outcomes.

What we provide

The Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership is a transformative two-year experience that provides principals with a proven track record the resources and guidance to sharpen their leadership capacities. Fellows develop critical leadership skills to elevate school performance and student outcomes in their schools and across the city. Principals receive best-in-class professional development and build deep relationships with a cohort of outstanding peers who share strategies and problem-solve with one another.

Fellowship Components

Neubauer Fellows:

  • Develop competencies in our Leadership Levers: Lead Authentically, Develop People, Advance Equity, and Drive Results
  • Apply learning to a year-long school-based Problem of Practice
  • Collaborate with a cohort of exemplary leaders

Learning Commitments

  • Attend a mandatory intensive six-day Summer Institute
  • Engage in individualized coaching
  • Participate in scheduled events:
    • Compelling quarterly professional development Institutes to sharpen skills
    • School visits with and by other Fellows
    • The intimate Dinner with Decision-Makers event series, featuring industry and organizational leaders like Jami McKeon, Chair of Morgan Lewis; Former U.S. Secretary of Education John King, Jr.; and faith-based leaders and Philadelphia-based anti-gun violence activists Pastor Carl Day and Reverend G. Lamar Stewart, who speak from their experiences of leading through real-life situations and challenges
    • An overnight trip to Washington, DC, which includes visits to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as part of the program’s focused training on equitable leadership

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates demonstrate the following leadership competencies:

  • Vision Articulate a clear, compelling school-wide vision and align priorities and leadership actions to achieve that vision
  • Accountability Hold self and others accountable for improving student outcomes based on a belief that all children can achieve at high levels
  • Results-Orientation Set ambitious goals, monitor progress, and demonstrate persistence to overcome obstacles
  • Inclusive Culture Create a safe, respectful, supportive, and inclusive environment for all students
  • Interpersonal Skills Effectively communicate, collaborate, and build relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Instructional Expertise Facilitate student mastery through data-driven instruction and effective instructional practices
  • Capacity Building Build capacity of teachers and staff to provide rigorous instruction for all students
  • Problem-Solving  Use data to identify and prioritize problems, inform decisions, and implement effective solutions
  • Self-Awareness and Continuous Improvement  Accurately assess own strengths and growth areas, solicit feedback, and pursue growth opportunities
  • Commitment Demonstrate a deep commitment to Philadelphia’s schools and students
  • Equity Driven — Committed to recognizing and addressing  inequities  so that all children, particularly historically underserved minorities and children of color, have an educational experience that empowers them to achieve their dreams
  • Authentic and Open — Demonstrate vulnerability in reflection and maintain an open heart and mind surrounding accepting help,  interpreting feedback, and working through solutions

Selection Timeline

The application for the 2024 Neubauer Fellowship has closed.

“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