The Trinity Principal Fellows program will annually recruit 20 top candidates who are diverse, experienced pre-K-12 educators with demonstrated leadership abilities and experiences. They will possess a drive to transform underperforming schools and make a difference in the lives of students and their families in low-income and traditionally underserved communities.
Applicants must be recommended by their school district for the program. Those recommended will submit an online application for graduate admissions, including GRE scores, and a specialized application for the program due in February-March. The rigorous selection process includes a phone interview and an interactive daylong leadership simulation process for finalists. The cohort will be announced in April and the program will launch with a summer session in June.
Top teaching candidates with proven leadership experience are encouraged to apply to Tomorrow's Leaders Principal Fellows program when nominated by their home district. The program uses a three-step selection process to screen candidates first based upon their written application, prior academic performance and recommendations regarding their leadership.
From those applications, a diverse pool of the most promising candidates will progress to the second round of the selection process. During this round, candidates will participate in a telephone interview. If selected from the phone interview, the candidate will be invited to participate in a daylong candidate assessment requiring individual and group-based activities of problem-solving and collaborative work under the observation of a team of evaluators that will assess each candidate’s dispositional skills for leadership work as well as their leadership skills that map to the candidate profile for the program.
The team of evaluators will be comprised of experienced educators and business leaders and will utilize validated simulation experiences that align with the competency framework of the program objectives.
Based upon the assessment, a final group of candidates will be invited to become members of the cohort for the program.
Candidates not selected for the program but who show promise in their leadership skills will be encouraged to participate in development activities through Trinity's Center for Educational Leadership that would amplify their strengths and address any weaknesses in preparation for application again in future years. All candidates progressing to the final round of the leadership assessment process will receive one-on-one feedback as to their areas of strength and growth opportunities, regardless of whether they are selected to participate in the final round of the selection process.