Apply to Be a Burke Fellow at Alverno

  • Schools That Can Milwaukee and Alverno College together operate a unique and rigorous two-year principal licensure and master’s degree 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.

    Thanks to generous support from Alverno, the Burke Foundation and Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust, 90% of tuition and program’s costs are covered for Fellows.

    Burke Fellows concurrently serve in a leadership role at a Milwaukee school (in or out of the STCM network), 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 the program, Fellows have a 3-year service commitment to a Milwaukee school.


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

    • 44% have been promoted to positions of greater responsibility
    • 31% have become full principals
  • Program details
    • Coursework through Alverno College spanning four semesters and one 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 a three-time 360° evaluation
    • Access to Schools That Can Milwaukee Collaboratives (once monthly attendance required) and summer Network Leader Training (attendance required)
    • Mentoring by a direct supervisor or other identified school personnel
    • High-quality school visit out-of-state (1-2 day commitment during the work week once annually)
    • Alverno College offers 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:
    • Committed to leading and/or creating high-quality schools in Milwaukee
    • Believes all children have the potential to learn and succeed
    • Open to coaching and feedback
    • Open to collaborating with colleagues from all types of schools — district, independent charter, and private Choice
    • Has 3+ years successful teaching experience
    • Will be working in a school leadership role that is at least 50% out of the classroom while in the program
    • Willing and able to commit to three years of Milwaukee school leadership upon program completion
  • Application components
    • Online application, including education history, licensure, essay questions, and referral/letters of recommendation (materials due April 28)
    • Attend an info session to learn more about Schools That Can Milwaukee and the program details and expectations (final info session April 6th)
    • In-person interview including performance tasks
    • Site visit and meeting to observe your work and talk with your supervisor
  • Request information

    Let us know if you're interested, and schedule a meeting to learn more

    Apply today

    Start your online application now. Applications due May 19th.