For Immediate Release
June 13, 2016
Atlanta, GA — New Schools for Georgia, Georgia’s Charter School Incubator, is seeking applications from mission-driven teams to develop and expand rigorous, innovative, and high-quality school options in Georgia.
Through the Incubator, New Schools for Georgia works with five new or replicating charter school teams each year to provide highly-focused, personally-tailored training and support for school leaders and governing boards. New Schools for Georgia works with school founding teams in three distinct phases: Incubation, Year Zero Support, and Ongoing Support.
Teams may prepare to open schools anywhere in the state, but priority is given to those planning to serve families in areas of high need–especially in Atlanta Public Schools (APS). Additional grant funds of up to $350,000 per applicant for start-up costs is available to those intending to open charter schools that would serve APS students. The Incubator program includes a year-long, paid fellowship for instructional leaders. The school-based fellowship includes: coaching, mentorship, residency opportunities and live instruction.
Successful Incubator team members will be:
• Strong communicators
• Strong collaborators
• Patient and committed (willing to serve for a minimum of three years)
• Strong believers in public service and social justice
• Able to attend all trainings during incubation period and monthly board meetings during Incubation Year, Year Zero and after school opening
• Free from ethical and legal conflicts
• Able to pass all legal requirements for working with children, serving on a nonprofit board and fiduciary responsibility for handling public funds
• Individuals with skills in the following areas: finance, legal, instruction, fundraising/grants, nonprofit operations, governance, community activism, policy, facilities, state/federal/local government and/or entrepreneurship
Applicant teams do not have to include an instructional leader, but one must be identified by January 2017 before the charter petition is submitted to the authorizer. Instructional leaders must be willing to commit to the full one-year paid fellowship starting in August of 2017.
Applicants should visit the New Schools for Georgia link on Georgia Charter Schools Association’s website to view requested materials and learn more about the New Schools for Georgia program. Please submit all requested materials by midnight, June 24, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Schools for Georgia Executive Director
The Georgia Charter School Incubator