Featured Fellow: Erica Bauer on Why She Became a Surge Fellow

Erica Bauer never set out to be an educator, let alone an education leader or a Surge Fellow. Her journey to school leadership came through discovering her true passion, and her journey to Surge came from a desire to connect with leaders who looked like her. Erica’s Work Erica designs systems of support as the Director […]

Fellowship for Emerging Education Leaders of Color to Launch in Oakland

The Surge Institute is encouraging Oakland-based emerging African-American, Latinx and Asian/Pacific Islander education leaders to apply for the inaugural Oakland Surge Fellowship, a program that provides extensive executive skill training, leadership development and exposure to respected leaders and policymakers in education. Leading the Oakland Fellowship as the founding Executive Director is career educator Michelle Seijas, […]

Featured Fellow: Mario Estrada Earnest on Being Your Authentic Self

Mario Estrada Earnest is a data guy. While there was a time when Mario was not sure what do to with that title. His journey through the 2017 Surge Fellowship has led him to take ownership of it in a big way. Mario’s Dream As Director of Special Projects at Intrinsic Schools in Chicago, Mario has […]

25 Chicago Education Leaders Selected for 2018 Surge Fellowship

The Surge Institute has further expanded the reach of its signature yearlong fellowship program, accepting a diverse cohort of 25 equity-minded, emerging African American and Latino Chicago education leaders. The 2018 Surge Fellowship cohort was selected from a large pool of impressive applicants and is comprised of Fellows from across the education landscape – including […]

Behind the Surge: Cecily Relucio Hensler on Empowering Educators

Cecily Relucio Hensler got the Surge crash course. She joined the Surge team in July and was immediately introduced to the central culminating work of the 2017 Surge Fellows: Capstone Presentations. She then spent a weekend with the fellows as they experienced their final session before graduating. And somewhere in between, Cecily assisted in interviewing […]

Featured Fellow: Andrea Black on the Culture of Confidence

When Andrea Black assumed leadership of Schmid Elementary in 2013, the school was classified as underperforming. As principal, Andrea’s efforts changed that classification and brought in more than $1 million in grants for campus beautification. She also fostered an interstate relationship with Auburn University, one of the South’s most premier educational institutions, which has committed […]

OneGoal’s Jeff Nelson on the Benefits of Partnering with Surge

OneGoal is a national nonprofit organization with the mission of ensuring every child in low-income America has the ability to enroll in, persist, and graduate from college. Jeff Nelson, the co-founder and CEO of the organization, recently participated in a Surge breakfast conversation at Marwen in Chicago. Jeff shared with a room full of education-based organizations why […]

Surge Institute’s Second #SurgeForMore Online Giving Campaign Is Well-Received By New Donors

The Surge Institute is pleased to share the success of their second annual #SurgeForMore fundraising campaign. The campaign launched in 2015 to raise awareness about Surge’s movement to diversify education leadership and support the Surge Fellowship, the Institute’s signature program. #SurgeForMore focused on smaller contributions from individuals, who were also encouraged to share their personal […]

Education Leadership in Chicago Takes Another Step Forward as Executives Tamara Prather and Rito Martinez Join The Surge Institute

The Surge Institute, founded in 2014 in Chicago in response to a dearth of diverse leadership at the decision-making tables within education, takes another step forward in addressing the issues of race and class in urban education by hiring a Chicago Executive Director and new Vice President of National Programs. Tamara Prather will join the […]

Surge Institute of Chicago Changes the Face of Education Leadership

Surge Fellowship admits third cohort of education leaders of color, and welcomes a new cohort of Fellowship alumni. Today the Surge Institute expanded the reach of its signature yearlong Fellowship program by announcing the acceptance of a diverse cohort of twenty-two (22) equity-minded, emerging African American and Latino Chicago education leaders. The 2017 Surge Fellowship […]