A+ Fellows are professionals who conduct professional development for the A+ schools and partner organizations. Because the professional development is based on a strong practitioner model, the fellows include practicing classroom teachers, arts teachers and other specialists, administrators, artists and writers. As a group, they represent the varied perspectives of the school community and the community at large, and include teaching artists, school-based teachers and administrators and higher education faculty.
Many of the A+ Fellows are currently teachers in A+ schools, and about half work in non–A+ schools or in the community at large. Using this model for professional development allows A+ Fellows to continually practice what they teach and teach what they practice.
A+ Fellows enter the network as apprentices (potential fellows) with a wide range of expertise and experience and are asked to serve in this “developmental apprenticeship” role for one year, observing and assisting fellows as they conduct professional development. During this first year, potential fellows consider how their particular strengths might be used and what areas they need to develop. Fellows are then assigned to work on teams that allow them to use their expertise.