Leroy "Pop" Miller Fellowship
The Fellowship's Legacy
Principal Leroy “Pop” Miller was a visionary, trailblazer, and consensus builder who was committed to improving public education in Charlotte. It was his 37 years of service to students and staff, their families, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community that TFA - Charlotte bestowed the name of Leroy “Pop” Miller upon the fellowship. It is the desire that Leroy “Pop” Miller’s legacy of unwavering commitment to teaching and educational excellence for all will serve as a model for the fellows.
The 2017 application is now live. Please complete the application by April 21 at 11:59pm EST.
The Fellowship's Purpose
In order to achieve the vision of One Day in Charlotte - that all students, regardless of the school they attend or the neighborhood they live in, will receive an excellent education - we need more educators, specifically our corps members, serving in classrooms, schools, and in education for longer than their two years. The purpose of the fellowship is to maximize our alumni base as a force for change in the local education system, while ensuring that our alumni have opportunities to develop their skillsets as effective educational leaders.
The Fellowship's Structure
Each fellow must continue teaching fulltime in a Charlotte TFA placement school. After initial acceptance into the fellowship (year 1), each fellow will have the option of reenrolling into the fellowship each year. In year three of the fellowship, fellows may choose to continue teaching, or transitioning into an education position focused on PK-12 education in Charlotte.
Values-Based Coaching is:
Strategically oriented to best practices
Frequent coaching cycle: pre-visit > class visit > debrief > collaborate
Reflective of actions & inactions
Development Sessions are:
Each Fellow will have the opportunity to self- select into four PD sessions for the year based on their interests and needs. All fellows are required to take at least one session in each category:
FUTURE PD Sessions designed to build each fellow’s leadership capacity in areas such as “Building Your Professional Network,” “Co-Active Coaching,” and “DecisionMaking.”
PRESENT As teachers, the Fellowship will offer courses that will enhance your ability to meet the needs of your diverse learners with Culturally Relevant Teaching.
PAST We will explore our local history and pay homage to the unsung trailblazers that paved the way in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools through our Speaker Series.
*Speaker Series will be open to the public. Fellows are only required to self-select into one, but may attend as a member of the community to all other remaining sessions.
The Fellowship's Application
Thank you for your interest in the Leroy "Pop" Miller Fellowship. The Spring 2017 application is now live. Submit your completed application by April 21 at 11:59pm EST.
April 3: Application Opens
April 21: Application Closes 11:59pm EST
April 25: Interview Notifications
May 2 - May 10: Interview Window
Applicants should be 2nd year corps members or alumni teachers
Each fellow must continue teaching fulltime in a TFA-Charlotte eligible placement school.
If you have any questions about the application process, please email Tomiaka.Wingard@teachforamerica.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I participate in any other fellowships or outside opportunities as a current or aspiring LPM Fellow?
Yes! Opportunities such as the Aspiring Leaders Program and TFA Summer Institute do not interfere with the programing of the LPM Fellowship. Therefore any fellow can take advantage of these opportunities, provided that he/she meets the eligibility requirements of each.
- If accepted to the fellowship, when will my time in the fellowship start?
Each cohort will start in the fall semester (September) of the school year. However, there are optional events that incoming fellows will be invited to attend after they are accepted during the spring and summer.
- Does the LPM Fellowship continue to offer a graduate scholarship to pay for a master’s degree in education?
Unfortunately no, we no longer offer the graduate scholarship as an incentive with our new program structure.
- I am an alumni teacher that has completed the corps; will I have to start in “Year 1” of the fellowship?
Yes, all applicants, both current and future alumni teachers, will start in year 1 of the fellowship in the given cohort year. (Please reference the LPM Fellowship Structure)
- When will I be eligible to participate in the paid internship, and what are the stipend amounts?
Paid internships are available at the end of Year 2 (stipend of $3,500) and Year 3 (stipend of $4,500) of the fellowship.
- Am I required to teach 3 additional years while in the fellowship?
The LPM Fellowship is designed to provide fellows the option to “annually reenroll” each year. In Years 1 and 2 of the fellowship, you are required to teach in an eligible TFA Placement School. However, in Year 3 of the fellowship, fellows have the option of pursuing mid-level leadership position, or continuing in the classroom.
- How can I apply, and what does this process require?
Simply select the "Apply" tab to access the application! It just takes four easy steps:
1. Create an account to access the application
2. Complete the 4 Sections of the application (Demographics, Short Answer Questions, Career Alignment, and Recommendations). This should take a maximum on 1 hour!!
3. Make sure to summit the names of 2 references in the application (and we will contact the reference for you)
4. Then hit Submit!!!