Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership

Great schools require great leaders. The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders develops educators who believe that every child has the ability to achieve and that we, as adults, have the responsibility to prepare each student for college, career, and life. We view leadership as the catalyst for change and closing achievement gaps.

What we provide

The Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership is a transformative two-year leadership experience for principals with a proven track record of improving Philadelphia’s district, charter, and faith-based schools. The program develops critical leadership skills needed to elevate school performance and student outcomes in their schools and across the city. Fellows receive best-in-class professional development, build deep relationships with a cohort of exceptional educators, and are treated like the important change agents they are.

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

  • Articulate a clear and compelling school-wide vision and execute leadership actions that align with that vision
  • Hold self and others accountable for improving student outcomes based on a belief that all children can achieve at high levels
  • Establish an achievement-oriented school culture grounded in high expectations for all students and adults
  • Create a respectful, safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for all students
  • Identify and implement exemplary instructional practices
  • Build capacity of teachers and staff to provide rigorous instruction for all students
  • Use data and effective practices to inform decision-making
  • Lead with a solutions-orientation and persistence to overcome obstacles
  • Identify problems, prioritize, and implement effective solutions
  • Effectively communicate, collaborate, and build relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, a commitment to ongoing learning, and a continuous improvement mindset
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to Philadelphia’s schools and students

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