Today we launched our biggest initiative to date at the Tennessee Charter School Incubator: our Education Entrepreneurs Fellowship, the first of its kind in the nation.
With the creation of this fellowship, the mission of the Incubator remains the same; but the scope just got a whole lot bigger. Our fellows will be taking some of the lowest-performing public schools in our state and turning them into high-performing charter schools. Instead of building a school from scratch, fellows will face head-on the challenges in an existing school or set of schools, while working with parents, teachers and the community to raise expectations and produce results.
Entry into this highly selective training program will be offered to up to eight applicants. Fellowship recipients – recruited from Tennessee and beyond – will receive more than three years of continuous and personalized support, from training to incubation to early launch services, as well as a competitive salary and benefits package.
One additional note: We’re giving priority to those applying to the Achievement School District (ASD) in order to transform one of Memphis’ 69 ASD-eligible schools into a high-quality, zoned charter school. Memphis is becoming a national epicenter of education reform, and we want leaders who are committed to expanding upon the vision of this movement. We’re looking for passionate, experienced leaders who are willing to commit completely to turning around these schools and the lives of their students.
Decisions will be made throughout the year, with selection days taking place in both fall and spring. If you think you’re ready for this unprecedented opportunity, you can find more information and an online application at www.charterexcellence.org.
– Rebecca A. Lieberman, Chief Talent Strategy Officer