What is the Mosaic Fellowship?
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition is pleased to announce the launch of the Mosaic Fellowship, a transformational strategy to develop and connect education leaders of color to enact change and elevate their voices to ensure equity and excellence in education in Tennessee.
We seek to identify, convene and build a network of leaders of color across Tennessee, who will have the potential to strengthen and shape the future of the educational excellence and equity movement. We seek leaders who are reimagining and improving public education in Tennessee, and particularly those who represent communities that are currently underserved by our public schools.
The Mosaic Fellows will undertake an intensive experience that features thought-provoking readings and discussions about leadership, diversity, and important issues in public education and social change. Fellows will deeply interrogate the history and trajectory of education with in Tennessee and take their existing skills, knowledge and experiences to build an understanding of shared values.
Engagement & Leadership Development
What will Mosaic Fellows do?
- Join a community of talented leaders through seminars centered on personal reflection and community building.
- Receive a unique opportunity to reflect on their values-based leadership that exist in the educational excellence and equity movement.
- Learn from senior education leaders in Tennessee and from across the country.
- Develop practices to increase their ability to bridge historical divides between and within organizations and communities.
- Share their unique perspective with one another to help shape the future of the educational excellence and equity movement.
- Develop innovative solutions to complex and entrenched educational challenges in Tennessee.
The Mosaic Fellowship consists of 15–18 exceptional leaders who will attend four 3-day seminars over 12 months, where they will undertake a program of advanced leadership seminars and projects under the direction of experienced moderators. The program requires significant preparatory reading, and a commitment to attend all four sessions. The Fellowship also includes a leadership project that provides Fellows the opportunity to focus on action that increases their influence and leads to change. Participation will be without cost to Mosaic Fellows or their organizations, except for incidental expenses incurred.
Who should apply?
The Mosaic Fellowship is looking for individuals who are exceptional leaders in the public, nonprofit and/or private sectors who have achieved success in creating or leading organizations aimed at improving public education for underserved communities.
These individuals will have the following characteristics:
- An innovative mindset and track record, with a bias toward action and a sense of urgency;
- A significant track record of extraordinary commitment and results ensuring educational opportunity for all children;
- Demonstrated potential for even greater leadership; and,
- A breadth of experience and level of maturity that will enable them to contribute effectively to the seminar experience – including an ability to listen to and learn from their peers.
- Be seasoned enough to reflect meaningfully on leadership. Candidates should have roles in their organizations that confer significant professional responsibility.
- Nominees must live and work in Tennessee.
- Have weathered challenges, either professionally or personally, and demonstrated tenacity, perseverance, and maturity.
- Be creative problem solvers. We are looking for action-oriented leaders who can think beyond traditional boundaries and who have a track record of success.
- Be committed and ready for greater leadership and impact. We are looking for candidates who have reached, or are nearing, a career inflection point and are seeking to deepen or broaden their leadership.
- Be willing to come to the table fully open and engaged. Candidates need to be fully present and authentic, to share personal perspectives, and to listen to differing points of view with an open mind and heart.
We strive for diversity in each cohort of Mosaic Fellows, and seek nominees from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to: sector, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic background, gender, geography, sexual orientation, and political perspective. While the majority of our Fellows will come directly from the education field, we recognize we work in a complicated ecosystem and invite leaders from related fields like community development, youth development, community organizing, or juvenile justice to apply.
Due date for applications & nominations
September 8, 2017 5 p.m. CST
Notification of Admission
September 22, 2017
Confirmation of Participation by Fellows
October 1, 2017
Dates of Mosaic Fellowship Seminars
(Attendance is required at all four seminars)
Opening Seminar: 3 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017 to Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Evins Mill, Smithville, Tennessee
Seminar Two: Sunday, April 22, 2018 to Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at St. Columba in Memphis, Tennessee
Seminar Three: Sunday, September 23, 2018 to Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at RT Lodge in Maryville, Tennessee
Closing Seminar: Sunday, December 16, 2018 to Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Evins Mill in Smithville, Tennessee