School Leadership Fellowships

KIPP prepares leaders to found and lead high-performing KIPP schools through the prestigious and highly competitive Fisher Fellowship. Learn more about the selection process for the fellowship.

Fisher Fellowship

Year-long preparation to found and lead a new KIPP school

The Fisher Fellowship is a highly-selective, one-year, cohort-based leadership program that is designed to provide in-depth support and insight into the processes and best practices involved in school leadership.

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Fellowship Selection Process

The Fisher Fellowship selection process is an opportunity for us to learn more about you as a leader, including your strengths and areas for growth – both of which will be developed throughout the fellowship experience.

Our selection process includes the following steps:

  1. Application: As the first step in the process, your application is an introduction to your experience and leadership. We ask for your resume, a data set which demonstrates the results you have achieved with your students, and an essay.
  2. Phone Interview: After reviewing your application, selected candidates will be invited to participate in a 30 – 45-minute phone interview with the region to which you are applying.
  3. Initial Interview: Candidates who advance to this step will be invited to complete an in-person or virtual interview with the region to which you are applying.
  4. Recommendation Letters and Reference Checks: We will ask three references to complete a recommendation form on your behalf. We may additionally conduct reference checks with these individuals.
  5. Final Selection Event: Candidates invited to a Final Selection Event will be interviewed by a committee of leaders from across the KIPP network. This is an in-person, 1-2 day event.

Each KIPP region individually administers the selection process, so an individual candidate experience may vary slightly from region to region. 

Throughout the selection process, candidates will be evaluated on the KIPP Leading for Learning Actions and the KIPP Leadership Framework and Competencies.

Application Components

  • Applicants will need to provide three professional references in their application. For each reference, applicants should prepare the name, title, organization, relationship to the applicant, email, and phone number. We recommend these three references include a current supervisor, a peer, and an individual you manage.

    The region with which you are interviewing will contact your references and request they complete a recommendation form after either your phone interview or initial interview. If you have questions or concerns about your references being contacted, please contact your regional recruiter directly.

  • Candidates will be asked to upload a professional resume.

  • Successful applicants have demonstrated strong results with students through teaching and instructional leadership. In the application, you will be asked to upload a PDF or Word document that demonstrates your results.

    Submissions must include:

    • Student performance data, assessed by both measures of growth and measures of absolute achievement, from your two most recent years of teaching and/or leading. (A third year of data may be included.)
      • Comparative results to your local district, city, and/or state; if comparative results aren’t available, briefly explain why
      • Results disaggregated by relevant student populations (race, gender, SPED, ELL, qualified for free or reduced-price lunch), including comparisons to your local district, city, and/or state, where available
      • For years in which you held an instructional leadership position, data from the subjects/grades you managed or coached
      • For years in which you were a teacher, data from your class(es)
      • Clear labels for each data set
      • Strongly encouraged: charts or graphs to illustrate your data
    • A brief overview, including:
      • The name of your school and the position(s) you held during the relevant years
      • General demographic information about your school during the relevant years, including student enrollment and percentages of students represented in relevant populations (race, gender, SPED, ELL, qualified for free or reduced-price lunch). 

    Please title your file in the following format, with your name: “Firstname_Lastname_Student Performance Data”.

  • Successful applicants have demonstrated strong analytical skills to support their instructional leadership and can clearly communicate their students’ results. In the student performance data you submitted:

    • What are the key takeaways for your data holistically (e.g. what story is your data telling)?
    • What are the key takeaways for the performance of relevant student populations (race, gender, SPED, ELL, qualified for free or reduced-price lunch)? Please explain any significant gaps in performance between relevant student populations.
    • To what would you attribute these results? Provide details, examples and concrete evidence for your interpretation.
    • Based on the data you submitted, what one to two changes are you making in your instructional leadership this year?

    Please limit your essay to 750 words.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We encourage applicants to carefully select the regions to which they apply, selecting a few regions in which you are most interested instead of all available regions.

    Candidates interested in multiple regions should select each region’s application from the job board before clicking “apply to selected jobs”. When you submit your fellowship application for one region, your application will be submitted to all regions which you have added to your job cart. To check which regions are in your job cart, visit the “job application status” tab in your KIPP Careers account.

    After receiving your application, each KIPP region will individually administer the first four steps in the process (application review, phone interview, initial interview, and recommendation letter and reference checks). In the event a candidate is invited to the Final Selection Event by multiple regions, they are only required to attend a single Final Selection Event.

  • At the time of application, applicants must have:

    • Completed at least one year of experience in school-wide leadership as an assistant principal or dean
    • Completed at least three years of teaching experience with demonstrated exemplary student performance results
    • Worked in a school in which >50% of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch
  • Each KIPP region’s growth plan differs – some regions are not looking for Fisher Fellows this year, and so no application is posted. If you are interested in other opportunities within those regions, we recommend you visit the KIPP Careers job board for current openings. 

  • You should submit student results which demonstrate both measures of growth and measures of absolute achievement. If you have multiple assessments of both types of measures, submit the assessment that most accurately and thoroughly demonstrates the academic outcomes of students.

  • If you don’t have state test results, please submit data from another assessment which demonstrates growth and/or absolute achievement.

  • You don’t need to share your students’ names or individual scores. You can share aggregate results at the classroom or school level.

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