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Innovation: Sector Support & Fellowships

Memphis Innovation Challenge (MIC)

  • The MIC is taking charter schools to the next level. By recruiting experienced charter leaders to design, apply and incubate high-quality, innovative charter schools, we are paving the way for the next generation of charter education. Memphis Innovation Challenge Fellows receive significant support and financial funding during their 2 years in the Fellowship.
  • Audience: Experienced School Leaders interested in starting innovative charter schools
  • Contact: Marceia Ashe, marceia [at] tnchartercenter [dot] org

Community Launch Fellowship

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  • A community-driven charter initiative, working to to empower communities by equipping them with the training and framework by which to select a charter model that fits the needs and interests they self-establish.
  • Audience: Communities interested in developing a charter for the neighborhood
  • Contact: Marceia Ashe, marceia [at] tnchartercenter [dot] org

Board Leaders of Color Collaborative (BLOCC)


  • Generously sponsored by New Schools Venture Fund, the Board Leaders of Color (BLOC) Initiative seeks to recruit and train new board leaders of color and to connect current board leaders of color in order to support charter schools and advocate for the sector through their unique lens and perspective.
  • Audience: Professionals of Color
  • Contact: Marceia Ashe, marceia [at] tnchartercenter [dot] org

Educator Exchange (EdX)

  • A cohort of charter leaders learning from educational leaders across sectors in order to innovate for school quality.
  • Audience: Charter school educators
  • Contact: Marceia Ashe, marceia [at] tnchartercenter [dot] org