Apply to Be a Burke Fellow at Alverno

  • PAVE + STCM 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 Administrative Leadership and MBA programs with PAVE + STCM’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 four 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:

    • 60% have been promoted to positions of greater responsibility
  • Program details
    • Coursework through Alverno College spanning 4 semesters and 1 summer, with a schedule designed for working educators  (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° surveys
    • Access to PAVE + STCM’s Collaboratives (2 hour attendance required monthly) and summer Network Leader Training (2 day attendance required once annually)
    • Mentoring from both an on-site direct supervisor (or other identified school personnel), and another school leader not employed by the Fellow’s school
    • Out-of-state visit to observe high-quality schools in another city (1-2 day attendance required once during the two-year program)
    • 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
    • Attend an info session to learn more about PAVE + STCM and the program details and expectations. The first one is scheduled from 5-6 p.m. on March 5. Click here to RSVP.
    • In-person interview including performance tasks
    • Possible additional site visits and/or meetings to observe your work and talk with your supervisor