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 are also 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:

  • Setting a school-wide vision;
  • Creating a school culture that develops and engages staff and is focused on student achievement;
  • Identifying exemplary instructional practices;
  • Efficiently managing school operations and communications; and
  • Nurturing a safe, supportive environment for students characterized by high expectations.

Fellows receive a $5,000 honorarium for their participation in the two year program. They may also 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.

“I really thought (the Neubauer Fellowship) would be a great opportunity for me to enhance my practice, to enhance my skill set, to be able to go back 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
Neubauer Fellow in Educational Leadership