The Innovation School Fellowship

The Innovation School Fellowship

The Mind Trust created the Innovation School Fellowship in 2014 in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation to launch Innovation Network Schools within Indy’s largest district.  Through this nationally unique fellowship, Fellows have the opportunity to launch schools that combine the freedoms and flexibilities of charter schools with resources and services of district schools, including a school building at little to no cost. Read more about the types of schools in Indy and their autonomies here.

Since 2014, The Mind Trust’s fellowships have supported the launch of 18 Innovation Network Schools, serving over 6,000 Indianapolis students.

The Innovation School Fellowship provides Fellows with one or two full years of planning time to ensure that the schools they launch will serve students and communities well from day one.

Support & Resources

Each Fellow receives one or two full years of salary, healthcare, and benefits as they develop their school model. What’s more, Fellows access:

  • A cohort of fellows with diverse backgrounds and the same commitment to launch a great school
  • Opportunities to travel and engage with leaders at some of the nation’s best schools,
  • Extensive expertise and coaching on the school design and launch process,
  • Individualized leadership training and professional development opportunities, and

In total, we value one year of the fellowship at approximately $200,000.

Great Leaders, Great Schools

The Mind Trust believes it takes exceptional school leaders to design and build schools that provide all students, no exceptions, with the education they deserve. Because of this, we choose Fellows who have:

  • Experience managing teams of adults to produce outstanding results for students
  • An ambitious, laser-like focus on academic achievement for all students
  • A dedication to equity and its impact on students, communities, teachers, and governance
  • An entrepreneurial drive that combines the resilience, fortitude, and vision necessary to solve intractable challenges
  • A research-based school model with a clear mission and vision capable of earning the support of Indianapolis students, families, and other stakeholders.

Application & Selection

Statements of Intent are due January 6, 2019 for consideration in the sixth cohort of Innovation School Fellows. After review, select candidates will be invited to submit a Full Application by February 3, 2019. The Mind Trust will conduct initial interviews during the second half of February.

You can preview the Statement of Intent and the Full Application, though applications must be submitted through the application portal. Fellowships are awarded in close partnership with IPS after a final interview with a selection committee of distinguished local and national education leaders.