Apply to Be a Burke Fellow at Alverno

  • Schools That Can Milwaukee and Alverno College operate a unique and rigorous master’s degree and principal licensure program. The Burke Fellowship combines the strength and reputation of Alverno’s educational leadership and MBA programs with Schools That Can Milwaukee’s experience with on-the-ground school leadership coaching.

    Participants concurrently serve in a leadership role at a Milwaukee school, are enrolled in Alverno’s Master’s in Administrative Leadership program, receive job-embedded coaching aligned to their studies, and participate in additional seminars and networking events. After completing program coursework, participants make a 3-year service commitment to a Milwaukee school.


    Launched in 2013, the program is highly reviewed by graduates of the first three cohorts:

    • 100% of graduates said they were satisfied with the program
    • 100% of graduates said they would recommend the program to a colleague
    • 100% of graduates said the program helped them grow as a leader


    Many graduates have already received job advancements:

    • 50% have been promoted to positions of greater responsibility
    • 27% have become full principals
  • Program details
    • Coursework through Alverno College spanning 4 semesters and 1 summer, with a schedule designed with working educators in mind (evenings and weekends)
    • Ongoing coaching that ties classroom theory to real-world practice
    • Leadership Action Plan based on areas of strength and growth as identified by multiple 360° evaluations
    • Access to STCM’s Collaboratives (2 hour attendance required monthly) and summer Network Leader Training (2 day attendance required once annually)
    • Mentoring by a direct supervisor or other identified school personnel
    • Out-of-state visit to observe high-quality schools in another city (1-2 day attendance required once annually)
    • 90% of tuition costs covered: Alverno College offers a 40% tuition discount, with another 50% covered by the Burke Foundation, leaving participants and/or their employers responsible for just 10% of the program costs – about $2,600 over the two-year program
  • Typical candidate profile:
    • Belief that all children, no matter their background, can learn and succeed at high levels
    • Committed to leading and/or creating high-quality schools in Milwaukee
    • 3+ years successful teaching experience and eligible for a Wisconsin Administrative License
    • Will be in an out-of-classroom school leadership role at least 50% of the time during the program
    • Willing and able to commit to 3 years of school leadership in Milwaukee upon program completion
    • Open to coaching and feedback, both while in the program and ongoing thereafter
    • Open to participating in a cross-sector cohort of MPS, charter, and Choice leaders
  • Application components
    • Online application, including education history, licensure, essay questions, and referral/letters of recommendation (materials due April 18)
    • Attend an info session from 5-6 p.m. on April 4 to learn more about Schools That Can Milwaukee and the program details and expectations
    • In-person interview including performance tasks
    • Possible additional site visits and/or meetings to observe your work and talk with your supervisor