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Build Your Leadership
Expand Your Impact

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The Nashville Aspiring School Leader Fellowship (NASLF) develops and supports a diverse cohort of future school leaders to expand educational equity for children in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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How to know if you are ready to be a school leader:

Do you envision that one day, all children will have the opportunity to an excellent education?

Do you have experience building relationships and leading teams to make this vision a reality?

Are you ready to step up and speak out as a school leader who pursues educational equity?

If you've answered yes to all three, you are ready for school leadership!

Through the 2 year fellowship you will:

  • Earn your administrator credentials and M.Ed. or E.Ds. through Lipscomb University, one of Tennessee’s top-rated educator preparation programs.

  • Gain hands-on leadership experience developing teachers and driving student outcomes at Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga’s pre-service teacher training.

  • Receive ongoing mentorship from experienced, effective school leaders, and receive career and job placement support in pursuit of leadership roles within Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Teach For America Alumni have demonstrated what is possible for Nashville.

For the past 10 years, TFA alumni educators have been rated among the most effective in the state


8 out of 10 of the non-selective highest performing schools in Nashville were led by a Teach For America alumnus


Fellows in new mid-level leadership roles after joining the program.


Alumni leading schools across middle Tennessee and Chattanooga.


Entire schools and school systems have proven it’s possible to dramatically alter student outcomes when the right leaders are in place. The Nashville Aspiring School Leader Fellowship aims to continue that legacy.

Today in Nashville, only 15% of students attend a school considered high performing, but Teach For America alumni are working with our community to reimagine opportunity.

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Program Timeline
Year 1
Application Opens
Application Closes
Final Interviews
Cohort 2023 Announced
Lipscomb Courses Begin
Summer Training Planning Begins
Year 2
Lead at Summer Teacher Training
Begin Lipscomb Year 2
Earn ILL-B & EdS
Fellowship Complete
Eligibility & Requirements

Candidates for the Fellowship should be eligible for hire by Metro Nashville Public Schools. Additionally, to be considered for the 2024 cohort of the Nashville Aspiring School Leader Fellowship, you must:

  • Have at least 4 full years of certificated teaching experience in Pre-k – 12 by Fall 2024.

  • Provide demonstrated evidence of educator effectiveness (i.e. TEAM, LOE, TVAAS or other state or nationally normed evidence).

  • Meet requirements for admission to Lipscomb University M.Ed. or E.Ds. programs.

  • Commit to working at the Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga pre-service training in 2024.

  • Commit to pursue a full time mid-level leadership or an administrative position with Metro Nashville Public Schools for the 2025 -  2026 school year.


We believe that when kids have great teachers positive outcomes follow.

But that is just the start. In order to enact true, lasting change, we must address the systemic problems with systemic solutions.

David Lewis
Assistant Principal, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet
"Children need to see themselves represented in the school building and throughout the curriculum in order to be prepared to succeed in college and/ or career. Cultural representation coupled with experiential learning works as a catalyst for children of diverse backgrounds and promotes interest, engagement, and common ground for all."
You are the leader you've been waiting for.
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