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Rowland Fellowship

Grants to Vermont High School Teachers for
Year-Long Leadership Opportunities

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The Rowland Foundation

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Fellowships to Vermont individual high school teachers, guidance counselors, mental health counselors, and healthcare professionals for a year-long opportunity to plan and initiate school-wide changes. Funding is intended to provide the grantee a sabbatical for professional and school system development.

The Rowland Foundation seeks applicants who are visionary, willing to lead, motivated and committed to affecting change in an area of concern within their respective schools, and who take risks and work collaboratively with others.

The ideal candidates see connections between the school's culture and climate and a student's classroom performance. They demonstrate leadership within their school or are willing to step into a significant leadership role. They are keenly interested in their own professional development and are committed to their chosen discipline, the school and its students. The candidate is one who sees a task to a conclusion and is able to form clear partnerships with others to realize a vision.

The Foundation seeks proposals which:

- Will lead to systemic change in the school, particularly in its culture and climate
- Are visionary and comprehensive (what percentage of the population will they serve)
- Are sustainable after The Rowland Foundation completes its funding
- Are exportable to other schools. The Rowland Foundation is keenly interested in affecting change throughout Vermont.
- Have the complete support of the principal or head of school. This will be a key element of the interview process by the Executive Director prior to the selections.

Details about the Fellowship:

The Foundation provides grants up to $100,000 to each of the Fellow's schools for the Rowland Fellow to implement a vision to transform an aspect of the school which will positively impact its culture and climate.

An initial grant of up to $50,000 covers a sabbatical for the fall semester (September-January) for each Rowland Fellow. The sabbatical provides opportunity for travel, research, personal reflection and renewal, and for the development of an action plan to be implemented upon the Fellow's return to his/her respective school in January. The grant covers all costs (travel, transportation, and accommodations) except personal expenses. Meals for conferences, workshops and professional visits are covered at the daily reimbursement rate established by each school except when the Rowland Fellow is taking up residence for an extended period. The grant also covers the school's cost of hiring a substitute teacher. Substitute teacher costs for the past few years have averaged $30,000 for the sabbatical semester.

An additional grant of up to $50,000 is provided to each school in two installments to support the initiative developed by the Rowland Fellow. Most schools use part of this second installment to provide a reduced teaching load for the Rowland Fellow to work on his/her initiative during the second semester. The first $25,000 is made available in January upon the Fellow's return from sabbatical. The balance of the grant will be made in June after a visit by the Executive Director to each school and the submission of a final report. The allocation of these funds is a joint decision between the Rowland Fellow and the principal/head of school.

Rowland Fellows attend two pre-sabbatical and several post-sabbatical meetings to seek guidance, to establish collaborative partnerships to report on progress and to facilitate the mentorship program. The Rowland Foundation, in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University, offers 12 graduate credits to its Fellows during the sabbatical.

Rowland Fellows will share their sabbatical experiences with the Foundation's Board of Trustees and the new inductees at an annual dinner reception each spring.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170468

Number of Grants:

Each year up to ten Vermont secondary school educators are selected as Rowland Fellows from among all qualified applicants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation provides grants up to $100,000 to each Fellow's school for the Rowland Fellow to implement a vision to transform an aspect of the school which will positively impact its culture and climate.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any Vermont high school teacher, guidance counselor, mental health counselor or healthcare professional from a Vermont public school, from one of the state’s four independent academies, from a Vermont technical center, or from a private school where at least 85 percent of the students are publicly funded and do not have selective admissions may apply for a fellowship. Middle school teachers may apply who are part of a K-12 or 7-12 school and where the high school and middle school fall under the same leadership umbrella.

Joint applications are strongly encouraged. However, the grant remains the same as it would be for an individual applicant. The co-applicants will be expected to explain their partnership and their co-sabbaticals.

Foundation grants are made with a clear assumption about sustainability. With that in mind, the Foundation generally does not fund:

- Faculty or staff salaries
- Student travel unless sustainability can be demonstrated
- Capital costs, e.g., buildings, building renovations, large-scale technology purchases
- Master's degrees for the applicant (note: we certainly are willing to fund a course related to the applicant's initiative)
- Curriculum development, particularly to a specific discipline

Pre-Application Information:


Application Instructions:

Fellowship Timeline:

The deadline for applying for 2019 Fellowships is December 31, 2018, although applications received earlier are welcomed and appreciated.

September: Application period opens
December: Applications due
January: Executive Director reviews all applications and interviews finalists
February: Rowland Fellows are announced and meet with the Executive Director
April: Selection Dinner and Reception - presentation of new Fellows
May: Two-day retreat with all new Fellows and principals
July: Schools receive the initial $50,000 grant

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Charles W. Scranton, Executive Director

Margie J. Malko, Administrative Assistant

General Contact Information:

The Rowland Foundation
PO Box 88
34 West River Street
South Londonderry VT 05155
Phone: 802-824-6400

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont