Committed to co-designing a new school with, and not for, your community? New School Creation Fellows are supported in leadership development, school design, and new school start-up for radically reimagined education grounded in love, justice, and collective liberation. The 16 diverse-by-design, project-based High Tech High schools provide an innovative and disruptive context for rethinking what is possible, and are intended to serve as sources for inspiration, not replication.
The application window for the 2021 NSCF Fellowship Cohort is now closed. The application will re-open in Winter 2022.
Funded by the Walton Family Foundation, The New School Creation Fellowship (NSCF) is offered as a two-year, hybrid, online program with two fully-funded residencies at our San Diego campus. The fellowship is available for aspiring school founders in the United States.
Mentorship & Coaching, Course/Field Work, School Launch Support
The NSCF residency is embedded in one of the 16 High Tech High School clinical sites in San Diego. There is no cost to be a part of the New School Creation Fellowship. All travel and lodging costs are covered and fellows are offered a $10,000 planning grant.
In addition, 1 year, in-person fellows will have the cost of their participation in the M.Ed. program covered, and will also be provided with a $30,000 living stipend.
One-year, face-to-face model (w/ M.Ed. in Educational Leadership)
Fellows complete core classes, and leadership fieldwork in diverse learning communities, while receiving one year of coaching support from NSCF National Faculty Mentors. Those completing the Master’s program meet for three hours 2-3 times a week to complete their master’s projects. Graduating fellows receive advising support within a year following graduation and new school launch support.
Fellowship: Covers tuition for M.Ed. program, $2,000/mo living stipend, two national school visits, and $10,000 start-up funding.
Two-year, hybrid, online model
Fellows complete core classes, and leadership fieldwork in diverse learning communities, while receiving two year coaching support from NSCF National Faculty mentors. They also receive three extended residencies at High Tech High in San Diego (up to 18 days total), online meetings with faculty to support new school creation efforts, and peer and faculty guided forums for critique and feedback.
Fellowship: Covers extended residencies at High Tech High, two national school visits, and $10,000 start-up funding.
If you are interested in applying for the New School Creation Fellowship, stay tuned. Our 2022-23 application cycle will open January 2022. We invite you to join our email community for more information about the program!
All travel and lodging costs are covered for individual fellows. In addition, each school team will receive a $10,000 planning grant.
There are many different fellowships that exist to support school founders. Here is what sets ours apart:
Focus on Liberatory Design
“NSCF is the only fellowship I have participated in with such a strong orientation towards Liberatory Design of Schools.”
“I’ve been a part of several fellowships over the past 15 years in education and I’ve never experienced anything that comes close to the power of NSCF. Figuring out how to help school leaders work with boards, manage budgets, build ops plans, etc. is important work, and there are a lot of fellowships with those supports in place. There is absolutely nothing in the country that supports school leaders in creating real, lasting, and impactful change like NSCF. The NSCF expanded our mental model of what was possible in education.”
“With this fellowship I feel like innovation is not just a word! We are encouraged in every aspect of our work and life to combat the status quo, and that is something so powerful and moving that I have not experienced in any other education setting. We are challenged to design new schools and not just revise the methods of old ones.”
Our fellows are passionate visionaries on a quest to ideate, create, innovate, test, and iterate upon their human-centered school models. All in service of building dynamic and transformative deeper learning communities that hold equity at their core.
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