The deadline to apply and nominate has ended. 

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.

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 10th to noon, Wednes­day, Decem­ber 13th, 2017 at Evins Mill, Smithville, Ten­nessee

Sem­i­nar Two: 3 p.m. Sun­day, April 22 to noon, Wednes­day, 26th, 2018 Loca­tion TBD

Sem­i­nar Three: 3 p.m. Sun­day to noon, Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 23-26th, 2018  Loca­tion TBD

Clos­ing Sem­i­nar: 3 p.m. Sun­day to noon, Wednes­day, Decem­ber 16-19th, 2018 Loca­tion TBD