One team per school participates in the Fellowship as a “TrueSchool Design Team”

A TrueSchool Design Team is comprised of 3-4 teacher leaders + 1 principal/school leader

Fellows join a TrueSchool Cohort of 10-20 school teams: a powerful professional learning community of visionary, like-minded education leaders 


The TrueSchool Fellowship is a unique professional learning experience and supports educators leading a wide range of change and innovation efforts. There are 3 core components: Studios, Coaching, Fieldwork. For more information on our programs, click here. 


Details for the 2020 TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship will be available Summer 2019. If you, your school, or your district are interested in participating in our 2020 cohort, please email us at hello@trueschool.org.


Do district leaders submit an application for each school?

No, a district leader submits part 1, the district application, only one time. Once the district application is received, any public school in that district may be considered a candidate. 

How many schools in each district may apply?

As many schools in a district who wish to apply may apply. The application is open to all public elementary schoolsWe will consider accepting multiple schools within the same district. If you are a district leaders who believes it would be beneficial for 2+ schools in your district to participate (and potentially collaborate), please note this in your application. 

How does this Fellowship fit with other district/school goals and priorities? Can we use this as an opportunity to build upon something we’ve already started and prioritized for the year ahead? 

We want this work to further your core vision as district and school leaders. We do not want this Fellowship to feel like just another thing schools have on their plate, but rather to provide essential structured time, process, and coaching to drive towards achieving your goals and impact for students. If you already have strategic priorities around specific areas of innovation (perhaps you’ve even already begun piloting something), please note this in your application. In our first Studio, we dig into core school priorities, change efforts, and existing leadership teams in order to determine how this experience will best integrate with and support the great work that’s already happening. Please make note of anything related to this that you’re thinking through in your application!

How do I know if someone in my district has already submitted part 1, the district application?

If you are a school leader and are not sure if a leader in your district has already submitted Part 1, please reach out to district personnel to share this opportunity or confirm as soon as possible. Your school will not be eligible for the Fellowship if a district leader has not submitted part 1. If you’re unable to verify that Part 1 has been submitted by directly contacting your district, please email us at hello@trueschool.org for further assistance. 

I’m a school leader. Do I need to wait until my district submits the application before I can submit my application?

No. The school and district applications can be completed concurrently or at different times.   

Is there support available for school leaders who are have contacted their district about completing part 1 of the application and have not received a response?

Yes.  Please email us at hello@trueschool.org and share who you have already contacted and any other helpful context. We are more than happy to reach out to districts on behalf of school leaders who are interested in the Fellowship. 

Are school team members paid for the time they spend at studios? 

Unfortunately, TrueSchool is not able to pay school team members for the time they spend at studios. Additionally TrueSchool is unable to reimburse team members for travel costs to studios. In the past some districts have reimbursed teachers for travel costs and provided them stipends following their completion of the fellowship. However Trueschool does not require that districts reimburse school team members.

Do school teams decide the focus of the work they do in the fellowship?

The TrueSchool curriculum is not solution prescriptive. Therefore, all school teams participating in the fellowship will go through the same curriculum, but the models they build will differ. What these models look like is up to the school team. However, because the 2018-2019 TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship is focused on early literacy, the models school teams build should aim to improve early literacy achievement.  

Have another question that wasn’t answered above?

Please email us at hello@trueschool.org.  In your email, please share your name, school, district, title/role, question, and the best way to contact you.


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