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What is the Exemplary Leader Residency Grant?

The Exemplary Leader Residency Grant is part of the Tennessee First to The Top initiative to provide career and leadership development opportunities to highly effective teachers.  It is a collaborative partnership between Trevecca Nazarene University and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

The Grant offers 12 teachers a year-long coaching and mentoring residency along with 15 graduate hours in the teacher leader curriculum from Trevecca Nazarene University. The program will be focused on building leadership skills, including an action research project developed in conjunction with school leadership. These hours are paid by the grant without financial cost to the candidate.

Selected candidates will be on leave from their current teaching assignment and will spend a year working with teachers in a high-priority elementary school.  Exemplary Leaders Grant is an opportunity for highly motivated and effective teachers to gain new leadership skills targeted to build the instructional capacity of the school with which they do the residency.  Following the year of residency, teachers may return to the school in which they were previously assigned or pursue other opportunities within the district. 

How are candidates selected for the Exemplary Leaders Residency Grant?

While Exemplary Leader Grant candidates must meet Trevecca Nazarene University admission requirements, anyone can nominate a candidate.  Once nominated, candidates are free to pursue the following process:

  1. Application Process---complete an on-line TNU application, provide a resume, submit a writing sample, secure 2 letters  of recommendation and a letter of support from a principal or designee, and present evidence demonstrating impact on student growth and achievement—which could be TVAAS scores, achievement test scores or other measures of student growth and achievement —all components that will be initially screened by MNPS staff and Faculty from Trevecca Nazarene University.  All application paperwork is due by March 18, 2013. 
  2. Interview Process on site at Trevecca on April 3-5, 2013—a writing sample,  a personal and group interview with a selection board made up of teachers, principals, and faculty from Trevecca Nazarene University.     **If you are selected for an interview, we will ask you to submit a transcript of all previous college work since you would be receiving graduate credit for the courses in the grant.

Selected candidates will be announced by April 15, 2013.         

For program and application information:

Allison Dumas, Advanced Graduate & Grant Related Studies Support Specialist

The Exemplary Leader Grant is being supported by Trevecca Nazarene University and Metro Nashville Public Schools' Race to the Top funds, distributed by the U.S. Department of Education through the Tennessee Department of Education.