Applications are being reviewed now on a rolling basis; we encourage you to apply early. 

There are two components of our application: Part 1 is for district leaders and Part 2 is for school leaders. Both must be submitted for a school to be considered. District leaders submit the application once, enabling any school in their district to be considered. Each individual school submits Part 2.
There is no restriction to the number of schools in a district that may apply. All public schools are eligible.
Once started, our online application form cannot be saved to return to later. You may preview the questions in advance of starting the online form here. 


 NEBRASKA DISTRICT+SCHOOL LEADERS: Please read this page carefully and apply here for the 2018-2019 Nebraska TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship, which is fully-funded by the Kellogg Foundation and focused on early literacy achievement. The application process is competitive: only 15 elementary schools in Nebraska will be selected. We’re looking for schools with the greatest potential to serve as national models of innovation and achieve impact for students.  


NORTH CAROLINA DISTRICT + SCHOOL LEADERS: The application for the 2018-2019 North Carolina TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship has now closed. Please check back here in early 2019 for information about the 2019-2020 program. We anticipate opening the 2019-2020 application in March. 


We are holding virtual info sessions about the Fellowship, which include Q+A time. We highly recommend attending if you are considering applying. Info sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about the Fellowship, including district, school, teacher, and education org leaders.






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 that spans 1 academic year and supports educators leading a wide range of change and innovation efforts.

There are 4 core components: Studios, Coaching, Principal Check-In’s + Fieldwork

Full Day, In-Person Studios (2 each semester)

Facilitated design studios for knowledge, skill, and mindset development.

Studios are in-person and held on Saturdays. They bring together the whole cohort of 10-20 school teams and a TrueSchool Coach.

These are fun and fast-paced professional learning experiences. While our process is the same for everyone, each Team is focused on their unique challenge + opportunity, resulting in a personalized professional learning experience.

Coaching Sessions (monthly)

One-on-one monthly meetings with a TrueSchool Coach and each School Design Team.

We serve as thought-partners as teams problem-solve, solution-build, and move forward fast.

Coaching Sessions are led virtually via video conferencing. They are highly personalized and provide support to teams to take action and apply Studio learnings.


Fieldwork (throughout the year, scheduled by school teams)

Fieldwork is the applied learning and educator-led actions that occur between Studios.

Returning to their schools and communities, educators uncover critical insights essential to building effective solutions and transformational new models.

Our work is deeply student-centered and community-centered, meaning stakeholder feedback is at the center of everything we do.

Principal Check-In’s (monthly)

One on one conversations between a TrueSchool Coach and the School Leader.

School Leader’s  share updates on their progress, and discuss the ways they are troubleshooting obstacles.

Studios and Coaching Sessions are led by our certified TrueSchool Design Coaches. These are experienced educators (often TrueSchool alumni) who have led significant design, innovation, and transformation efforts in their schools.







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 Stephanie at 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 Stephanie at 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. 

When will Studios be held?

Studios will be held on Saturdays, twice a semester. Each studio will last a full day. Tentative dates for studios are as follows:

North Carolina: Confirmed Studio Dates are October 13th, November 17th, February 9th, and April 6th.

Nebraska: Anticipated Studio Dates are October 27th, December 1st, March 23rd, and May 4th.

Where will Studios be held?

Studios locations are not yet finalized. Studio location depends on what is most convenient for the most schools in a cohort. We aim to minimize travel time for all school teams.

When will we be notified if we got selected for the fellowship?

Nebraska schools that will be selected for the cohort will be notified the week of September 25th.

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 Stephanie at  In your email, please share your name, school, district, title/role, question, and the best way to contact you.

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