Application Status

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Neubauer Fellows Will:

  • Enhance skill sets in our seven leadership competencies:
    • Continuous improvement for student success
    • Systems and operations
    • Instructional leadership
    • Professional learning
    • Equity
    • Adaptive leadership
    • Family and community engagement
  • 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 (July)
  • 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 Philadelphiabased 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


Additional Benefits:

  • Fellows receive a $5,000 honorarium for completion of the two-year experience.
  • Program alumni (Senior Fellows) are invited to engage in ongoing professional development via year-long learning arcs to advance practice.


Selection Criteria

The selection process identifies school leaders with a track record of driving improvements in student achievement and who are poised to take their skills— and school performance—to the next level. 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 succeed
  • Authentic and Open
    Demonstrate vulnerability in reflection and maintain an open heart and mind surrounding accepting help, interpreting feedback, and working through solutions