...while building community.
The Surge Fellowship identifies and cultivates promising African-American and Latino talent in education to provide them with the expertise and aptitude they need to not only succeed, but to soar. Fellows hone:
- Executive Skills
- Problem Solving
- Team-Building Techniques
- Navigating Education History & Politics
- Proclaiming Your Authentic Story/Background
- Strategic Relationship Management
The Surge Fellowship encompasses a combination of case discussions, executive coaching, school/site visits, 360° feedback, reflection, team-building, and “fireside chats” with education leaders such as urban superintendents and policy leaders – all to broaden exposure and accelerate skill and leadership development. High-profile leaders of color in education and other industries are faculty members and informal advisers to the network of Surge Fellows. The acquisition of hard skills, entree to often inaccessible networks, and the deeply rooted connections to their communities position fellows to grow, push, and persist for excellence and equity in public education.
The fellowship kicks off with a 2 ½ day retreat and completes with a graduation celebration. In the intervening months, fellows participate in one-day and two-day sessions each month and are expected to complete take-home assignments, as well as monthly contact with their executive coaches.
Upon completing this one-of-a-kind program, Surge Fellows have the skills necessary to accelerate their trajectory in leadership, along with a new understanding of the authenticity and power they bring to the education leadership table.