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Applications are currently open for the fully funded 2020 TrueSchool Fellowship. A preview of the application questions can be viewed here.

Application Overview

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as outlined below. The school team Fellowship application may be completed by a school leader or an educator with school leader permission. 


  • 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. Apply Now!

The application must be completed online. A preview of the application questions can be found below to allow you to prepare a competitive fellowship application.

Fellowship Overview

Get messy and try something new 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 with permission from your principal to be one of the 10-20 schools in each state selected to join a powerful professional learning community of visionary like-minded educators. 


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 Fellowship is teacher driven. We provide a structure for you to ask questions, connect with your team, and take action based on what you learn about student needs.This action-oriented Fellowship has 3 core components: in person facilitated studios, virtual coaching with a trained TrueSchool Coach, and Fieldwork conducted by school teams over the course of the year. For more information on our programs, click here.


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


What TrueSchool Alumni Are Saying

“TrueSchool has given us an opportunity, as a team, to pinpoint areas of need in our building. Through the process, our team has been able to take steps toward providing teachers with the tools needed to implement research-based strategies within their classroom that will positively affect their student growth in the area of literacy.” – Hannah Vance 

Second Grade Teacher

 A.B. Newell Elementary 

Grand Island, Nebraska

“I realized that it is the little things you do that can create the most success. Our TrueSchool Team is willing to do many ‘LITTLE THINGS’ for our children and their families to help them to become an exceptional community of learners.” – Connie Cochnar

Resource Teacher

Chapman Public School

Chapman, Nebraska


Frequently Asked Questions

If my school participated in the 2018-2019 Fellowship can I reapply for the 2020 Fellowship?

Yes! we encourage school teams to reapply for the 2020 Fellowship.


Can a teacher complete the school team Fellowship Application?

Yes! With permission from a principal a teacher can submit the school application


Does the whole school team attend studios? When and where will they be held?

Yes, each school team attends 4 in person Studios over the course of 2020. Each Studio will take place at a driving accessible location for one full Saturday. 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. 


What kind of work will school teams be doing in between Studios? 

Between Studios team members will conduct Fieldwork. During this portion of the Fellowship team members apply put the deep thinking from Studios into action. Team members gather student and other stakeholder perspectives, prototype solutions, and measure results. 


Do all team members need to be grade level classroom teachers?

No, many of our most successful team members have been specialists in their schools such as librarians, media coordinators, and ELL teachers. Any exceptional educator at your school can be selected for your school team! 


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.