Mail: Center for Urban School Leadership
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Memphis
4111 South MSU B Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38152-4180
Welcome to the Memphis Leadership Fellows Program - The program that's changing the
future of public school leadership
Imagine teaming successful school leaders and business executives with aspiring principals
to deliver an intense and inspiring program with one goal in mind: to ensure all schools
are lead by highly qualified principals. That's what the Memphis Leadership Fellows
Program is designed to achieve. This unique program, a joint venture between local
area schools and the University of Memphis, will pave the way to providing every public
school with exceptional leaders. The result: leadership that unites administrators,
teachers, students, parents, and community leaders in a common quest to provide quality
education for all students.
Participants for this prestigious program are nominated and then selected through
a rigorous evaluation process. Those selection are the brightest "up-and-comers" the
district has with proven track records and aspirations of becoming principals.
The participants are known as Fellows and are selected annually to embark on a year-long
experience that promises to change the way they view themselves and the leadership
role school principals play. The program goes beyond the obvious and challenges individuals
on a wide range of disciplines with special focus on team problem solving.
Fellows are sent as a team to Team Trek, where they are focused to solve problems
in extraordinary situations, outside the confines of a comfortable office or meeting
Rigorous Recruitment and Selection
For consideration, candidates must hold a valid principal's license, be nominated
by individuals who currently hold leadership positions in the partner school districts,
complete an extensive application, document teaching excellence and leadership activities,
and complete interviews, an exam, and a writing sample.
Intensive Experiential Learning Orientation
Fellows begin the program by attending a four-day outdoor experiential learning center
with faculty and program coaches. Team Trek is a nationally recognized leadership
development program used by major business and industries.
Year-long Professional Development
All Fellows will serve as assistant principals or in other leadership positions. In
addition, two days each month are spent in "rotations" at elementary, middle and high
schools, and central office administration.
Mentor Principals / Administrators
Highly successful principals and administrators will serve as mentors for the internships
and as mentor faculty for courses and seminars.
Fellows are selected as cohort group and create a community of aspiring leaders through
program activities and a shared commitment to promoting high levels of student achievements.
High Quality Coursework / Seminars
Aligned with national standards, the program offers intensive, case-based and problem-based
coursework that focuses on instructional leadership, organizational management, school
law and finances, and "principal leadership".
Team Problem Solving
Each of the teams will be given an identified "problem of practice". The team will
work on the identified problem for five months and produce a written report including
recommendations that will be presented at an Executive staff meeting.
Fellows will need to commit themselves to an ambitious schedule of meetings, reading,
and experiences. Participants will be released from official duties for 2 days per
month toward their program obligations. Some additional evenings and weekend will
be necessary to complete the curriculum.