School Incubation

Charter Public School Leadership and School Design

Great leaders and teachers are the cornerstone to effective schools. Learn more about our Theory of Action. WA Charters offers two incubation programs to develop Aspiring Leaders and promote School Leadership and Design.

Aspiring Leaders

WA Charters’ Aspiring Leaders Fellowship grounds community, business, education, and policy professionals new to the charter public school sector in all aspects of the charter sector. While we welcome applications from all, we recognize that it is critical for the students of color that we serve (primarily Black/African American, Asian and Latinx) to see themselves represented in school and sector leadership, and it is the goal of this program to increase the presence of leaders of color within the charter public school sector.

Ideal Candidates for Aspiring Leaders are:

  • Committed to social justice and/or educational equity
  • Located in Washington state
  • Deeply invested in their communities
  • Experienced in working with underserved communities
  • Critical, curious, and innovative thinkers about existing educational systems
  • Seeking challenges and are eager to grow
  • Available to commit to a seven-month cohort experience

About the Program

The Aspiring Leaders cohort (approximately 10-15 leaders) will learn about the Washington charter public school sector from all angles. By the end of the program, fellows will be informed about leadership opportunities in the sector and will have a personalized plan for achieving their goals.

  • Now accepting applications; deadline is February 8
  • Click here for an overview of the content, experience, and commitment entailed in the Aspiring Leaders Fellowship. For more information, contact
  • Watch a webinar recording of our online information session, held on January 7

Apply for Aspiring Leaders

The School Leadership and Design Fellowship

WA Charters’ School Leadership and Design Fellowship (SLDF) is a selective program that facilitates the design, authorization and opening of high-quality charter public schools that meet the needs of systemically underserved students. While the program is model agnostic, we are grounded in six design principles for all charter public schools.

About the Program

Download an overview of the SLDF to learn more about the program and financial supports.

  • Now accepting applications; deadline is February 8
  • Watch a webinar recording of our online information session, held on January 14
  • Review the Washington State Charter School Commission’s website for the latest application timelines and materials and, for interested founders in the Spokane Public School District, review their current application.
  • For more information, contact

Apply for SLDF

Our Results

  • 100% of submitted applications supported by our Fellowship program have designed schools to serve systemically impacted communities with models based on proven practices.
  • 100% of submitted applications supported by our Fellowship program have been authorized to open.

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