NACSA Innovation in Education Fellowship

Be a Next-Generation Education Leader

Apply Today NACSA and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs want to partner with you as you prepare to lead.

Charter school authorizing is a rapidly growing sector of public education. The NACSA Innovation in Education Fellowship prepares Fellows to be change agents and effective leaders in their careers through placement in charter school authorizing offices. Authorizing makes a difference: great authorizing leads to great schools.

You can be a public education Leader.

The mission of the NACSA Innovation in Education Fellowship is to introduce emerging leaders to charter school authorizing and establish a pathway into authorizing to strengthen the profession, and build a pipeline of talent in the field.

NACSA, in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Minnesota charter school authorizers, places students in paid fellowships that provide a chance to apply their learning immediately in an on-the-job setting.  This Minneapolis-area Fellowship begins following students’ first year of their MPP program and provides ongoing, real-world experience in an authorizing office through their second year at the Humphrey School.

The NACSA Innovation in Education Fellowship equips young professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:

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Understand what high-quality authorizing looks like through all phases of the authorizing life cycle.

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Manage the challenges authorizers face in aligning their agency’s policies and practices with NACSA’s Principles and Standards.

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Cultivate growth and development in themselves as individuals, professionals, and leaders.

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Navigate complex environments to accomplish meaningful goals and objectives.

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Understand the impact of policy on implementing quality authorizing objectives.

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Increase and sustain their ability to build resilience in the face of challenges and obstacles.

NACSA and the Humphrey School invite first-year Master of Public Policy students to apply for this unique opportunity.

Application

Application period opens January 19, 2016 and closes February 29, 2016.

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Important Dates
January 19, 2016 Application Opens
February 18, 2016 Opportunity to meet with NACSA at the Humphrey School’s Career Engagement Fair
February 29, 2016 Applications Due
March 7 – March 15, 2016 Phone Interview Window
April 6, 2016 In-person Interviews in Minneapolis
April 15, 2016 Final Notification
Week of June 6, 2016 Orientation at the NACSA offices in Chicago
Week of June 13, 2016 Placement begins

For more information about the NACSA Leaders Program, please contact Shannon Bauer, Manager of Talent and Engagement.

Current Fellows

Alica Gerry

2016-17 NACSA Fellow

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Maggie Kane

2016-17 NACSA Fellow

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Suzanne Oh

2016-17 NACSA Fellow

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Fellowship Alumni

Emily Edstrom

2015-2016 NACSA Fellow

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Aaliyah Hodge

2015-2016 NACSA Fellow

CS Strategic Initiatives Fellow, Audubon Center of the North Woods

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Griffin Merry

2015-2016 NACSA Fellow

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Wendy Nelson 

2012-2013 NACSA Fellow

Quality Assurance Coordinator, Colorado Charter School Institute

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Jennifer Nagourney 

2012-2013 NACSA Fellow
2014 NACSA Leader

Executive Director, Charter School Office of the Delaware Department of Education

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Alumni from the NACSA Innovation in Education Fellowship are equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to manage the challenges authorizers face in aligning their agency’s policies and practices with NACSA’s Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing and advocate for policy that supports quality authorizing.

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