Item Coversheet

Action Items - 49.

Title: Contract with Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders - Neubauer Fellowship ($188,500)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows: 

Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders 

Professional development for school leaders

 Start date: 7/1/2020

 End date: 6/30/2022
 Compensation not to exceed: $188,500 
Administrative Office(s)

 Renewal Options:  No


The School District of Philadelphia will partner with The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders (School Leaders) to establish its 6th Cohort of school leaders to participate in The Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership (the Fellowship). School Leaders was established to serve as a critical partner and cross-sector leadership development resource in Philadelphia. The Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership, School Leaders’ flagship program, identifies the city’s effective principals in District, Charter, and faith-based schools and elevates their performance by developing the leadership skills vital to improving student outcomes. Using a unique cross-sector, cohort-based approach, Fellows build deep relationships with a network of outstanding peers who share expertise and resources.  Local and national practitioners, authors, and researchers facilitate a curriculum that supports Fellows to produce measurable, meaningful results. The Fellowship is competitive and selective. The rigorous competency-based selection process includes an application, interviews, instructional analysis, data reviews, and school visits. 


On average, it costs approximately $64,000 per Neubauer Fellow for the two-year fellowship program and opportunities for continued engagement as Senior Fellows (alumni). The School District will be responsible for contributing $9,500 per Fellow in year 1, and $5,000 per Fellow in year 2, with the remaining costs being covered by various sponsors and fundraising events held by School Leaders.  The 6th cohort of District leaders in the Fellowship will have a total of 13 participants. 


In the event the School District determines remote service becomes necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic, School Leaders has proposed several options to continue providing development opportunities virtually to our leaders. The Chief of Schools Office has been working directly with the leadership at School Leaders to develop plans should virtual learning be required to continue into the 2020-2021 school year.

 Anchor Goal(s) Supported: Anchor Goal 3 - 100% of positions are filled by great principals, teachers and employees   

 Funding Source(s): 

FY 20-21 Operating

FY21-22 Operating 

 Office Originating Request: Schools