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Through ASLF, TFA St. Louis prepares participants to lead high-performing schools and supports them in advancing along a pathway to school leadership.

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Apply to be a 2022-2023 ASLF fellow by June 30th here.  

Next to the teacher in the classroom, research shows that the school building leader has the most significant impact on a student’s achievement and future trajectory. The Aspiring School Leaders Fellowship prepares a racially and professionally diverse cohort of educators to lead high-performing schools by cultivating their skills to positively influence student outcomes and educational equity, and supports them in advancing along a pathway to school leadership. 

Since its launch in 2014, the program has graduated more than 90 participants, a majority of whom are in school leadership roles today across St. Louis. These include over a dozen leaders of local public schools-including traditional district schools and public charter schools-more than 30 mid-level school leaders, and two elected school board members. One-third of the 2020-2021 cohort took on school leadership roles in the 2021-22 school year.

Program Components

The Aspiring School Leaders Fellowship is a nine-month program designed to accelerate participants’ leadership development through networking with education leaders in St. Louis and monthly professional development sessions from national and local facilitators. 

Program components include:

  • Monthly Sessions On topics relevant to aspiring school leaders like setting a school vision
  • School Visits & Learning from local and national education leaders
  • Optional Master’s Degree and principal certification through Saint Louis University

Other information:

  • Meetings will take place monthly on Tuesday evenings for 2.5 hours, from 5:30-8pm.
  • Participants may be asked to miss up to 4 days of school/work to participate in PD opportunities as part of this cohort including trainings, university seminars, or school visits.

Application Process

See our Info Session Recording for more details on the application process. Apply for the 2022-2023 cohort by June 30thhere.

    “I was better prepared for a school leadership role as a result of this program. The professional development, school visits, resume assistance, interview preparation, and connecting to local leadership was extremely helpful in securing an assistant principal role. I am also equipped with the tools to sustain a long career in the education field due to the ASLF Program.”

    2018 Fellow

    Assistant Principal, East St. Louis High School


    2021 participants would recommend ASLF to others


    TFA alumni school leaders in St. Louis who are past ASLF participants


    ASLF participants who moved into the next stage of leadership after completing the program


    total ASLF fellows including the current 2021-22 cohort