Lead Fellows Initiative

Spring 2016

The application is now closed. 


The Fellowship will hire several Lead Fellows to help amplify the impact of our Resident Fellows in Colorado and New York for the 2016-17 Fellowship. We are seeking experienced Fellows who have completed their residency and want to support new Resident Fellows in these states.  Lead Fellows will work closely with Fellowship staff to support a specific component of the Resident Fellow’s experience during the 2016-17 program year.

What program components could Lead Fellows support?

The areas that we’re looking for Lead Fellows to support are listed below. Lead Fellows will be selected based on their proposals and history of work with the Fellowship.

  • Planning Bring Your Legislator to School Day: help Resident Fellows schedule visits, prepare for visits, and follow up with legislators after visits in CO and NY
  • Coaching on Op-eds and Blogs: help Resident Fellows edit and revise op-eds and blog posts, offer them to publications for placement
  • Preparing for Media Engagements: Help Fellows write and pitch press releases and prepare talking points for media engagements
  • Social Media: Promote and host monthly twitter chats in relation to the AAFTP curriculum and current events
  • Curriculum Content Leads: Help plan and lead monthly webinars, working groups, and design experiences for Fellows to engage with texts related to our issue areas
  • Alumni Network: Work to connect our national network of Fellows in 34 states and D.C. through social media, supporting our monthly newsletter, and by encouraging responses to policy issues
  • Spotlight our Fellows: Connect with a different Fellow every week to edit and finalize our weekly Feature Fellow blog postings on the AAFTP website
  • Alternative: Is there something that you think the Fellowship is missing? For your application, create a proposal for a need you think you can meet
  • The main charge for Lead Fellows this year is to support and advance the work of Resident Fellows in Colorado and New York. Fellows who reside across the country, not just in Colorado or New York, are eligible to apply.  

How will Lead Fellows be chosen?

This opportunity is open to Fellows, including all cohorts from all states, who have successfully completed their Residency. Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Evidence of success in the area they are applying to lead
  • An interest in supporting Resident Fellows to excel in a key program component
  • A track record of dependability, trust, and work ethic with the Fellowship

The Lead Fellow application will be available the week of April 11 and close on May 11. All applicants will be notified of their status in early June. Preference will be given to Fellows who can support Resident Fellows in CO and NY. Lead Fellows will be required to attend the Summer Institute in July 2016. 

What will the experience be like for Lead Fellows?

A Lead Fellow will:

  • Be responsible for a specific element of Fellowship programming (see opportunities below). The Lead Fellow experience will vary depending on what the Lead Fellow is working on
  • Attend a three-day Summer Institute July 24-27 (CO) or August 1-4 (NY), and, when appropriate for their work with the Fellowship, be invited to day-long working group sessions in the fall, winter, and spring, and the day-long Fellowship Spring Convening in Spring 2017
  • Support Resident Fellows for 10-12 hours per month, 2-3 hours per week
  • Help staff document and promote  Resident Fellows’ impact 
  • Gain professional development experience in project management and program evaluation
  • Have a leadership role within the Fellowship to support Resident Fellows become successful in elevating their voices
  • Access resources and opportunities provided by Fellowship staff
  • Have the opportunity to make a bigger impact in the field of educator advocacy
  • Receive a $2,000 stipend and all expenses paid for work done with the Fellowship

 How will the Fellowship support Lead Fellows?

Fellowship staff will:

  • Set clear guidelines, goals and benchmarks alongside the Lead Fellow to determine successful outcomes 
  • Support the Lead Fellow through regular check-ins and problem solving sessions
  • Deliver coaching and support to further develop policy, communication, and leadership skills
  • Where applicable, provide additional training in specific areas the Lead Fellow is working on
  • Provide templates and guides for supporting Resident Fellows