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School Design Fellowship

  • Date Posted
    • 2.14.19
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Region
    • New England
  • Role
    • Instructional Support
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Massachusetts / Georgia


EL Education is redefining student achievement in diverse communities across the country, ensuring that all students master rigorous content, develop positive character, and produce high-quality work. We create great public schools where they are needed most, inspiring teachers and students to achieve more than they thought possible.

EL Education’s portfolio of instructional materials and coaching services draws on decades of deep partnership with schools and districts in our national school network—those implementing our school model—and in our family of literacy partners—those implementing our Language Arts curriculum.

Based on our founding principles of meaningful work, character, and respect for teachers, EL Education’s offerings transform teaching and learning to promote habits of scholarship and character that lead to high student achievement. In addition to success on standardized tests, EL Education students demonstrate critical thinking, intellectual courage, and emotional resilience; they possess the passion and the capacity to contribute to a better world.

EL Education, a 501c(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1992 by Outward Bound USA in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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School Design Fellowships are 12-month opportunities for selected individuals to design new EL Education schools in selected locations. During the Fellowship, each School Design Fellow engages in an immersive residency experience at a high-performing EL Education school in the community. The full-time residency provides the Fellow with experience leading elements of the schoolwide improvement process including progress monitoring, data analysis, professional development and coaching. The Fellow also fulfills other leadership responsibilities at the host school during the period of the residency.

Simultaneous to their participation in the residency, School Design Fellows engage in a formal process to envision and design a new EL Education school. To do this, Fellows work closely with EL Education staff and convene a local Design Team of other individuals interested in supporting the creation of the new school. The process culminates with the application to create the new school with the appropriate local authorities. In most cases, schools designed through this program will apply to operate as charter schools, however autonomous district schools are also eligible.
This is a 12-month grant-funded position.


Leadership Residency: Each School Design Fellow works directly with the host principal of the residency site to develop a set of responsibilities that meet the development needs of the Fellow while also providing meaningful leadership for the host school. Specific responsibilities will vary from site to site but should include:

  • Establish trust and rapport with leaders, teachers, students, and families in ways that demonstrate an understanding of the host school’s unique community, mission and culture Support one or more critical elements of the host school’s strategic plan/work plan for the year
  • Design and/or co-design impactful professional development experiences in collaboration with schools leaders and/or the EL Education school designer to build teacher capacity in areas required by the work plan goals
  • Engage in ongoing progress monitoring and data analysis with leaders and teachers to understand trends in student achievement and/or teacher practice in order to make midcourse adjustments
  • Plan and implement coaching cycles with selected teachers based on clear goals, ongoing observation and feedback and opportunities to analyze student work together
  • Engage fully in structures utilized by the school to maintain a positive school culture (e.g. crew, community meetings, family engagement, etc)
  • Participate as a full member of the School Leadership Team/Instructional Leadership Team, attending all meetings, actively participating in school improvement conversations and openly sharing views and perspectives
  • Meet regularly (at least once per week) with host leader to set goals, discuss feedback, review progress and plan together
  • Practice ongoing reflection about development as a leader including an awareness of how identity (including race, class, gender) impacts leadership
  • Demonstrate an increasingly deep and complete understanding of EL Education Core Practices and their particular expression at the host school
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by the host leader through July 2020 that support the Fellow’s development as an EL Education leader

New School Design: Over the course of the Fellowship, each School Design Fellow will develop and refine a comprehensive plan for a new EL Education school in his/her community. This requires creating a Design Team that ensures deeps community engagement and ensuring that the resulting New School Plan reflects the needs of the diverse learners the school will serve. The specific process will differ for each School Design Fellow but should include:

  • Develop a Design Team of 4-6 local individuals who represent the diverse perspectives and background of the community and who share the Fellow’s vision for a new EL Education school in their community
  • Implement a comprehensive community engagement process in order to solicit input and feedback about the mission, vision and design components of the new school
  • Develop a comprehensive New School Plan rooted in EL Education’s Core Practices, Design Principles and Dimensions of Student Achievement
  • Boldly incorporate elements that the Design Team believes will be critical to the school’s ability to meet its mission - even if those elements go beyond what is found in other EL Education schools
  • Ensure that the New School Plan fully anticipates the needs of a diverse range of learners and includes multiple design elements to disrupt historical patterns of inequity in the community to be served by the school
  • Participate in Design Reviews with other EL Education Design Teams from across the country and solicit feedback from other local and national perspectives
  • Develop partnerships with local organizations that support the creation of new schools in the community
  • Build excitement and demand for the new school through a range of outreach events designed to inform and engage families, community leaders and others in the community
  • Write and submit a top quality charter school/new school proposal that adheres to all local processes and timelines

Other Responsibilities:

  • Participate as an active member of EL Education’s Leading Schoolwide Improvement Professional Learning Community
  • Develop an Individual Leadership Development Plan which clearly identifies areas for leadership growth during the Fellowship
  • Comply with all requirements of the host school to enable performance of residency responsibilities (e.g. background checks, onboarding processes, confidentiality agreements, etc)
  • Participate in research and/or data collection activities in collaboration with EL Education staff related to Fellowship experience and impact
  • Meet quarterly with host school principal and EL Education staff to review progress on ILDP and establish next steps.


Competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience.


Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter in MS Word or PDF format by applying on our website. In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for “School Design Fellowship” and how you heard of the job opening and EL Education. No phone calls please. EL Education will respond only to finalist candidates.


Candidates of color are encouraged to apply. EL Education is committed to equity across the organization: in services to our partners, in our workforce composition and practices, and in our organizational culture. EL Education provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.    EOE
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