Why Next Level Leaders

Fellowship Commitment


Why Next Level Leaders?

Quality educational options are key to the growth and vitality of any city. The goal of the NLL fellowship is to inform, equip and empower Alabama Community leaders from various constituencies and industries with the knowledge and skills to address complex education issues and to work together to ensure access to excellent schools for every student in our city/state and communities.

Through the NLL fellowship, BA4E aims to heighten awareness and understanding of the community through exposure to past, present and future issues of importance facing education in Alabama . This fellowship seeks to provide leaders with knowledge to address education issues and identify the skills necessary to effect change in the educational landscape. By triggering deep collaboration, NLL can bring forth excellent choices for all students and their families.

our Goal

The goal of the Next Level Leaders fellowship is to develop a professionally diverse group of leaders that can explore ways to improve k12 education in Alabama  by making them more aware about the educational challenges and opportunities in their community.

Additionally, the program assists this group of leaders by deepening their understanding of the shifts taking place in the educational system.

Next Level Leaders Fellowship Commitment

We are looking for up to 12 dedicated and trusted community leaders to be a part of the inaugural NLL Cohort. As the fellowship is held over several months, we want to lower the obstacles to participation for all participants; with this in mind we provide a stipend, and cover the costs of out-of-town travel and cover childcare, transportation, and translation services during in-town workshops where needed for fellows. Fellow stipends are contingent upon successful completion of the fellowship.

The Fellowship commitment is as follows:

  1. Participation in a Warm Welcome call with the Program Director.
  2. Participation in all 7 Modules , including local and national school visits
    1. Programming – about 11 hours a month
    2. Pre-Work – about 2 hours a month
    3. Travel
  3. Participation in all written and recorded evaluations aligned with each module
  4. Completion of a liability waiver for participation
  5. Completion of fellow contract
  6. Submission of W-9 for processing fellow stipend
  7. Participation in all promotional & media related activities

Instructions for Applicants

A complete application must include the following:

  • The Fellowship Application Form
  • Cover Letter (stating interest in applying to the NLL Fellowship, your hopes and/or expectations of the fellowship; what are you working on or thinking of in your practice relative to education; what are your long term goals as it pertains to leadership)
  • 1 page biography
  • Video Introduction (tell us about yourself; brief bio)
  • (or) short answer questions:
    • How does your interest in the fellowship align with your professional/personal/career goals?
    • What, if any, is your experience with education, educational advocacy, community engagement and/or policy?

Fellowship applications must be submitted online by 3:00 pm EST on November 17th, 2023. Applicants are notified of the results of the selection process beginning December 1st.

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