NWAIS Fellowship for Collaborative Innovation:
Join a Team Selected To Explore A Critical Question Impacting NWAIS Schools
NWAIS invites you to imagine the future of Independent Schools through a design experience with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues. Fellows apply and are selected to explore a topic over the course of a year and then disseminate their learning to the rest of the NWAIS community.
We are actively looking to create a diverse team in terms of individuals and skills sets. Faculty, administrators and staff are all encouraged to apply.
Explore the Drop Down Menu Below for More Information On Applying. Applications Open In January and Are Due in March
Previous Fellowship Overviews:
• Applicants must be employed at NWAIS schools (more than .75 FTE)
• Team members may be teachers, administrators or staff
• Each applicant also needs the endorsement of their Head of School as well as a recommendation from a colleague. Your Head of School can provide both your endorsement and your recommendation if you like.
• Members of teams who have previously applied are welcome to reapply
• January: Application open
• March: Application deadline
• May: Fellows will be announced
• August: First disbursement of funds ($1,000 each)
• October: Kick off retreat
• October - September: Project Development, Research and Compilation of Findings: Meetings throughout the year will be designed and carried out independently by the team. They will have access to video meeting platforms, and may choose to meet in person as well. The awards should be used to cover the costs of meetings during the year.
• June: Second disbursement of funds ($1,000 each)
• Fall: Presentation at an NWAIS event such as Fall Educators Conference or Fall Heads Meeting.
In the first three years of the fellowship, teams applied as a group and one was selected to explore a topic of their choosing over the course of a year and then disseminate their learning to the rest of the NWAIS community.
More recently the fellowship has shifted to individual applicants who are selected to join an interdisciplinary group of five colleagues.
Applications open in January and are due in March for teams that will begin the following year.
The team will design a product that will make their learning visible to NWAIS and its member schools and help them navigate the issue in the future. We hope that the group will have a chance to present their ideas in a workshop or presentation as well, but the product must be something that can be referred back to over time and shared among our schools. It can be physical or digital.
Examples of products might include:
- Report exploring the variety of current interpretations, applications and impact of Public Purpose in NWAIS Schools
- Website exploring the national landscape of independent schools work around public purpose
- Framework, continuum or model for how schools can assess their work around public purpose and set goals for the future development
- Toolkit for schools to use as they consider public purpose in their strategic planning
- Infographic which schools could use to communicate with the various stakeholders who may have varying levels of comfort with directing resources toward programs around public purpose
- Collection of NWAIS public purpose program exemplars, and the stories of their launch and development
Recommendation & Endorsement
Each applicant also needs the endorsement of their Head of School as well as a recommendation from a colleague. The endorsements is a very brief form where the head of school acknowledges and supports the applicant in their participation. The recommendation is an opportunity for a fuller reflection of the applicant. If you choose, your head of school can serve both roles.
These must be received by the application deadline.
Retreat: The group will gather in person in October for the kick-off retreat, with a facilitator to develop the group into a team, grow skills around design thinking and start the designing process. Fellows will leave with a clear picture of their design questions, a work plan for the year, and a vision for their project product. The costs for programming will be covered by NWAIS.
Each fellow will be awarded $2,000 to contribute to the expenses of the project and to compensate team members for their time and work. The first disbursement of $1,000 will be made at the time of the award (August). The second disbursement of $1,000 will be made, in the same way, at the time the product is submitted. Award funds may be used to pay or reimburse team members for project related expenses, such as materials and meetings. It is also expected that a portion of the budget will be for stipends for the team. Typical expenses might include: travel, meeting expenses, conference registrations, research expenses, production of the team's product, substitute expenses, materials, etc. The cost of the retreat will be covered by NWAIS directly and will not need to be funded through the awards.
Each team member will need to submit a w9 form to receive his or her disbursement. Team members will be responsible for any tax-related implication of receiving the award.