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Ferguson Education Leadership Fellowship

Curriculum Associates | -Multiple Locations- | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 02/29/2012

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The Ferguson Education Leadership Fellowship is a 30-month postgraduate fellowship for individuals interested in the interrelationship between traditional schools, charter schools, and the for-profit educational technology industry. Starting in fall 2012, each participant will spend ten months as a full-time curriculum, product development, and/or data and accountability manager at each of the following organizations:

  • Rocketship Education, a national, non-profit elementary charter school network based in San Jose, California.
  • Curriculum Associates, LLC, a privately owned, fast-growing educational publishing company in Boston.
  • An urban school district located in the San Francisco Bay Area or the Boston area.

Additional districts, charter schools, and corporations may become involved, depending on the number of qualified candidates.

The Ferguson Education Leadership Fellowship is named after Frank Ferguson, the octogenarian founder of Curriculum Associates. Mr. Ferguson has spent his lifetime working on the “science of education,” starting with his work with Dr. Donald Durrell, Dean of Education at Boston University from 1942–1952. Mr. Ferguson has a particular passion for using technology and data aggregation to improve instruction. Recently, he transferred ownership of Curriculum Associates into a perpetual trust, the sole purpose of which is to make classrooms better places for teachers and students. In doing so, he has made programs like this fellowship possible.


The principal responsibility of the fellows will be to serve the needs of the individual host organizations. While daily activities will vary, fellows will focus on gaining an in-depth understanding of both internal operations and external affairs and will be expected to contribute to improved operations, communication, and collaboration across sectors. At the end of their tenure, fellows will be uniquely positioned to bridge the current divide between school districts, charter schools, and the K–12 vendor community and to teach others how to do so as well.


The fellowship seeks candidates who have the passion, work ethic, intelligence, and emerging leadership skills to become the CEO of an educational technology firm, the leader of a charter school management organization, or the superintendent of a school district in the next ten years. Successful candidates have an interest and professional commitment to helping innovate and improve learning and teaching, with particular focus on the role technology can play in supporting those efforts. Candidates must have at least 3–5 years of work experience in K–12 education, either as a teacher, administrator, vendor, or non-profit leader. Candidates must clearly demonstrate strong prior academic success. A master’s degree in business, education, or public policy is preferred.  

Fellows will be paid $85,000 per year and receive all medical and other benefits of the host organizations. They will have the highest level of access in each organization, meeting with the superintendent, CEO, and board members. They will also meet semi-annually with their peers to discuss the fellowship. Throughout their tenure, fellows will have the opportunity to meet individually with members of the nominating committee for mentorship and guidance, attend a board meeting, and speak about their experiences to various audiences. Fellows will be awarded a $5,000 bonus each time they are asked to relocate (e.g., from Boston to San Francisco or vice versa). They will need to have access to automobile transportation. 


  • Jeff Bradach, Partner and Cofounder, The Bridgespan Group

In addition to leading the Bridgespan organization, Jeff works with leading non-profits seeking to scale and with philanthropists seeking to increase their impact. Bridgespan is a non-profit committed to providing strategic non-profit consulting and sharing what it learns through publishing and leadership development programs. Jeff was previously on the faculty of Harvard Business School in the Leadership and Social Enterprise areas.

  • Dr. Eric Conti, Superintendent, Burlington Public Schools

Eric received his doctoral degree from the prestigious University of Wisconsin's Educational Policy and Leadership Program. Prior to becoming superintendent at BPS, Eric served as a school administrator in Rhode Island and Virginia. Eric has been named one of the Top 10 Technology Superintendents in the U.S.

  • Dr. Olivine Roberts, Chief Academic Officer, Sacramento City Unified School District

Olivine provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the district’s curriculum, instruction, assessment, and school improvement initiatives; oversees the professional development for all teachers and principals; and drives the educational performance of the district. Previously, she served as an executive director in North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District and as associate superintendent in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • Aylon Samouha, Chief Schools Officer, Rocketship Education

Aylon oversees the development and strategy of Rocketship Education, which founded the nation’s first hybrid school in 2007. Prior to joining Rocketship, Aylon was the SVP of Teacher Preparation, Support and Development for Teach For America.

  • Mora Segal, CEO, The Achievement Network

Mora brings a wealth of experience to The Achievement Network (ANet), a non-profit organization meant to promote the role of data-driven instruction in education. ANet’s support has spread from seven Boston charter schools in 2005 to 250 charter and district schools in nine cities around the country, playing an instrumental role in doubling student achievement rates at those schools.

  • Tom Vander Ark, CEO, Open Education Solutions

Tom is the author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and founder of Tom is also CEO of Open Education Solutions and a partner in Learn Capital, an education venture capital firm.

  • Rob Waldron, President and CEO, Curriculum Associates

Rob is president and CEO of Curriculum Associates, a socially responsible for-profit publishing and educational technology company. Prior to joining Curriculum Associates, Rob served as operating executive at Berkshire Partners and CEO of Jumpstart for Young Children, a national non-profit that prepares disadvantaged children for school success.


Interested applicants should attend one of two informational webinars to be held on Friday, March 9 at 4 pm EST and Friday, March 23 at 3 pm EDT. Applicants can RSVP for one of the webinars at Please direct all questions to

  • All applications must be emailed to by April 1, 2012. Interviews will be held by April 27 and candidates will be selected by May 4.  A maximum of three individuals will be selected as fellows.
  • Applicants must submit answers to the application questions below, in addition to a cover letter, resume, full contact information for one personal and three professional references, and unofficial transcript(s).

Note: Brevity on the application questions is appreciated.

  1. Why do you want to participate in this fellowship?
  2. After two-and-a-half years of serving in the fellowship, what will your supervisors say is something that you excel at? What will they say is something you need to improve upon?
  3. Cite three examples in which you took a leadership role in a group or organization, and describe your accomplishments.
  4. Name a situation in which you received constructive feedback and effectively used it.


Curriculum Associates, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Curriculum Associates, LLC will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual preference, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by law. Curriculum Associates, LLC will grant employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual preference, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by law. Such action shall include, but not be limited to, the following: employment, upgrading, demotion, transfer, recruitment or recruitment advertising, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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Categories Curriculum, Evaluation/Assessment/Testing, Director/Manager/Coordinator, Deputy/Asst Superintendent, Research
Organization Type For-profit Organization
Grade Level Elementary 1-3, Elementary 4-6, Middle School/Junior High, High School
Teaching field Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English/Language Arts, Gifted/Talented, Mathematics, Reading Specialist
Experience Years 3 yrs


City State Code Postal Code Country
N Billerica MA 01862 USA
Boston MA 02103 USA
San Jose CA 95108 USA

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Contact Name Shrina Amin
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Primary Phone 978.313.0330
Primary Fax 978.215.5769
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