deLaski Talent Recruitment Fellowship

Through capacity building, deLaski fellowship schools will partner with EdFuel to develop a differentiated recruiting strategy and build the systems, habits, and skills needed to sustain it.

“What works to retain teachers in one school may be different from another.”
The same is true for recruiting. EdFuel’s 2018 DC Citywide Teacher Retention Study

Our Approach

In order to develop a recruiting plan that directly addresses each school’s needs, EdFuel and fellowship schools will build a shared understanding of organizational priorities. After building context and assessing specific organizational needs, EdFuel and fellowship schools will design and implement a differentiated recruiting strategy and pilot plan. Recruiting focus areas will vary depending on the individual needs of each school and may include building a diverse candidate pool, applicant tracking, candidate cultivation, staffing for growth, and social media. The fellowship is only for schools in Washington DC.



What’s in it for schools?

Participants will implement best practice-based new or refined recruitment systems that allow them to better attract high quality, diverse candidates.

Schools will walk away with a differentiated strategy to apply when recruiting for the 2020-2021 school year.

What’s expected of schools?

Each school will identify a project manager who can prioritize successful implementation of fellowship programming. They will facilitate all work with EdFuel and join periodic check-in calls, ~2 hours per week. Schools awarded the fellowship will be asked to make a fully refundable deposit to secure their space. Other school stakeholders will be engaged by the project manager as needed.

Become a deLaksi Fellowship School and
Get Recruiting Right!

Fellowship Timeline

The deLaski Talent Recruitment Fellowship is a six-month opportunity, starting in June 2019. Upon conclusion of the fellowship, the EdFuel team will reconnect with fellowship schools at two critical points in the school year to ensure their fellowship schools are on track to meet their recruiting goals.


Application Process

  • Connector.

    STEP 1: Apply Online

    The application seeks to understand how schools envisage the fellowship impacting their school and information on current talent systems. It is estimated to take 30-60 minutes to complete. Click here for a quick overview of the application questions. All applications must be submitted online. Click here to apply now.

  • Connector.

    STEP 2: Video Interview

    Schools with strong applications will be invited to participate in an interview on a rolling basis and all applicants will be notified of their status no later than May 17.

  • Connector.

    STEP 3: Fellowship Schools are Notified

    The final fellowship schools will be selected in late May 2019.

Who is Eligible to Apply

We encourage all interested parties to apply. This opportunity is tailored, but not limited, to small schools looking to scale their recruiting practices. Additional considerations include:

  • Public schools in the District of Columbia
  • Small schools, including single-site or networks, with fewer than five campuses
  • Schools looking to scale or refine their recruiting systems and practices
  • Schools looking to scale or refine their recruiting systems and practices

Please note that schools will be asked to make a nominal deposit to secure their space in the fellowship. The deposit is fully refundable upon completion of the fellowship in November 2019.


Need More Info?

Don’t hesitate to reach out to the EdFuel team with questions. We are happy to share more information about the application and programming for this exciting opportunity.