District Leaders–Nominate School Teams + Educators!

Nominate School Teams + Educators Now!

Nominations are currently open for the fully funded 2020 TrueSchool Fellowship.

Application Overview

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as outlined below. In order to be considered for the program, a school leader or educator must apply.  

  • September 15th: Priority Application Deadline
  • October 15th: General Application Deadline

Note: 70% of TrueSchool teams will be selected from those who apply before the priority deadline. Nominate and encourage schools in your district to apply now!

Fellowship Overview

Build the capacity of your school teams with the 2020 TrueSchool Fellowship. TrueSchool is currently accepting applications for schools in North Carolina, Nebraska, and Missouri to participate in the 2020 TrueSchool Fellowship. Apply to join a powerful professional learning community of visionary like-minded education leaders and experts. 

Each school selected for the Fellowship will choose a team of 3-4 teacher leaders and 1 principal to take part in a unique year long professional learning experience from January to November of 2020. The TrueSchool Fellowship supports educators in a wide range of change and innovation efforts. This action-oriented Fellowship has 3 core components: studios, virtual coaching, and fieldwork. For more information on our programs, click here.

TrueSchool coaches co-create solutions with educators which allow them to make strategic priorities reality. The 2020 TrueSchool Fellowship activates educators to realize your vision, and district leaders are encouraged to take an active role in the Fellowship.

The TrueSchool Fellowship is fully funded! Schools will be chosen through a competitive application process. 


Major Findings from the 2018-2019 Fellowship

  • Educators grew significantly in their sense of collective efficacy, the belief that their team has deep impact on students.
    • Collective efficacy is one of the greatest predictors of student achievement. Meta-analysis by educational researcher John Hattie of hundreds of schools found that collective efficacy is more predictive of student achievement than homework, socio-economic status, student motivation, or home environment. 
    • 64% of educators grew in their sense of collective efficacy by the end of the 2018-2019 Fellowship.
  • Educators grew more satisfied with working in their schools and districts over the course of the Fellowship.
    • We used a “net promoter score” to measure educators’ perceptions of their schools and districts. This perception is a leading indicator of educator commitment and retention.
    • 24% more educators said they would recommend working in their school at the end of the Fellowship.
    • 18% more educators said they would recommend working in their district at the end of the Fellowship.

To learn more about our findings from the 2018-2019 Fellowship view our Final Evaluation Report.


Frequently Asked Questions

If my district participated in the 2018-2019 Fellowship can schools reapply for the 2020 Fellowship?

Yes! we encourage alumni districts to nominate new schools to apply. Any school in your district, including those who participated in the 2018-2019 Fellowship are welcome to apply.

Do district leaders participate in the Fellowship?

Yes, district leaders are encouraged to participate in the Fellowship; we believe that aligning district priorities with educator vision empowers teachers to have the greatest impact on students. A virtual district leader orientation will be announced following the selection of Teams and held before the beginning of the program. This orientation will address the ways district leaders can get involved in the Fellowship. There will also be district leader focus groups which will allow district leaders from across all three states to connect and share learnings.  Additionally, we strongly encourage district leaders to attend the four in-person studios. Studios will be held at driving accessible locations. They will take place over the course of 2020. The first studio will take place in late January or early February, the second studio will take place in early April. The third studio will be held in early August, and the fourth studio will be held in mid-October. Precise studio dates and locations will be announced once the 2020 Fellows are confirmed.


Can more than one school in my district apply?

Yes! We encourage multiple schools in the same school district to apply. We believe that the district level is one of the systems with the most potential for transformational change for students. By bringing multiple schools in the same district together in the Fellowship we believe teams are able to learn from each other and align their vision with district strategic priorities. In doing so we hope to facilitate the emergence of exceptional districts that are proof-points for the impact of a student-centered process.


Are there opportunities to continue to work with TrueSchool after the end of the year long Fellowship?

Yes we recognize that achieving transformative impact for students is a process, and we encourage alumni to reapply for a second year of the Fellowship. This gives teams the space and time to further prototype and refine their solutions.       


Are there opportunities for schools to receive funding to expand their work?

Yes! At the conclusion of the Fellowship micro-investing grants are made available to selected exceptional teams. These funds allow team members to continue to scale what the tools they built over the course of the Fellowship.