Burke Fellowship

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it’s time for you to climb

City Forward Collective and Alverno College operate a unique and rigorous master’s degree and principal licensure program. The Burke Fellowship combines the strength and reputation of Alverno’s Administrative Leadership and MBA programs with on-the-ground school leadership coaching and Collaborative professional development from City Forward Collective.

Participants concurrently serve in a leadership role at a Milwaukee school, are enrolled in Alverno’s Master’s in Administrative Leadership program, receive job-embedded coaching aligned to their studies, and participate in additional seminars and networking events. After completing program coursework, participants make a 3-year service commitment to a Milwaukee school.

Launched in 2013, the program is highly reviewed by graduates:

  • 100% of graduates say they were satisfied with the program

  • 100% of graduates say they would recommend the program to a colleague

  • 100% of graduates say the program helped them grow as a leader

Many graduates have already received job advancements:

  • 60% have been promoted to positions of greater responsibility

Program Details

  • Coursework through Alverno College spanning 4 semesters and 1 summer, with a schedule designed for working educators (evenings and weekends)

  • Ongoing coaching that ties classroom theory to real-world practice

  • Leadership Action Plan based on areas of strength and growth as identified by multiple 360° surveys

  • Access to City Forward Collective’s Collaboratives (2 hour attendance required monthly) and summer Network Leader Training (2 day attendance required once annually)

  • Mentoring from both an on-site direct supervisor (or other identified school personnel), and another school leader not employed by the Fellow’s school

  • Out-of-state visit to observe high-quality schools in another city (1-2 day attendance required once during the two-year program)

  • 90% of tuition costs covered: Alverno College offers a 40% tuition discount, with another 50% covered by the Burke Foundation, leaving participants and/or their employers responsible for just 10% of the program costs – about $2,600 over the two-year program

Typical candidate profile:

  • Belief that all children, no matter their background, can learn and succeed at high levels

  • Committed to leading and/or creating high-quality schools in Milwaukee

  • 3+ years successful teaching experience and eligible for a Wisconsin Administrative License

  • Will be in an out-of-classroom school leadership role at least 50% of the time during the program

  • Willing and able to commit to 3 years of school leadership in Milwaukee upon program completion

  • Open to coaching and feedback, both while in the program and ongoing thereafter

  • Open to participating in a cross-sector cohort of MPS, charter, and Choice leaders

Application components

  • Online application, including education history, licensure, essay questions, and referral/letters of recommendation

  • Attend an info session to learn more about City Forward Collective and the program details and expectations.

  • In-person interview including performance tasks

  • Possible additional site visits and/or meetings to observe your work and talk with your supervisor