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About the Equity Fellowship


Through a combination of face-to-face and online dialogue, school visits, conversations with prominent senior education and community leaders, as well as independent or collaborative Fellow capstone projects, the program will provide Fellows with the perspectives and tools necessary for effective and expanded Deep Learning leadership in the public school sector. The Deep Learning Equity Fellowship is a partnership between Big Picture Learning and the Internationals Network for Public Schools.


Equity Fellows are leaders who can amplify voices and perspectives underrepresented in the Deeper Learning movement. The program provides these leaders with high-level leadership development and networking opportunities, and the chance to step back from their daily work to reflect and collaborate with their peers on the unique ways that they can strengthen and shape the future of the educational excellence and equity movement. Participants will learn from, support, and challenge each other as they enhance their own leadership skills and continue to strive toward providing high-quality, learner-centered opportunities for every child in America, but most critically those who are presently underserved.

Each Equity Fellows cohort consists of 16 to 20 exceptional people who will undertake a program of advanced leadership seminars and leadership projects under the direction of experienced advisors and program facilitators. The program requires significant preparatory reading, 16 days onsite for three seminars over 18 months, and a capstone project. Participation will be without cost to participants or their organizations, exclusive of incidental expenses incurred, and the cost of participant’s time, which will be borne by the organizations in which they are employed.



The Deep Learning Equity Fellowship is designed for individuals who are experienced leaders at both school and system levels, education practitioners, policy advocates, and researchers who are committed to expanding learner-centered educational practices by breaking down systemic barriers in order to improve public education opportunities for underserved communities. These individuals will have the following characteristics:


  • An innovative mindset with a bias toward action and a sense of urgency;
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience to learner-centered educational opportunities for all learners but especially those historically furthest from opportunity;
  • Demonstrated potential for continued leadership growth; 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 (cohort members).
  • Can commit to attend and participate fully in all fellowship activities and events including virtual convenings, national convenings, and pod/coaching calls

We strive for diversity in each cohort of Fellows and seek out nominees from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to: ethnicity, race, religion, class background, native language, gender, location, sexual orientation, and political perspective.



By design, Equity Fellows are considered experienced leaders. Thus, members of future cohorts must first be nominated by someone in their field who recognizes their burgeoning talent and commitment to an equitable distribution of progressive education practices. As such--when the nomination window for Cohort 6 opens--we encourage you to initiate the process by either nominating someone for the Fellowship and/or seeking a nominator who will enter your candidacy. For additional information, please visit our FAQs page.