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The BRIGHT Fellowship lasts 20 months, from October 2022 through May 2024.
However, there are 4 distinct phases of the Fellowship.

Oct 2022 - June 2023

  • First Phase of MBA coursework at OSU
  • Fellows remain employed in current job until following July

June 2023 - Aug 2023

  • Continued MBA coursework at intensive summer institute
  • Fellows become full-time and must leave previous employment
  • Coaching begins
  • Stipends begin

Aug 2023 - May 2024

  • Continued MBA coursework
  • In-building Leadership Residency placement to serve full-time as Principal Intern
  • Student-teaching preparation begins

June 2024 and Beyond

  • Graduation from OSU
  • MBA degree awarded
  • K-12 principal licensure granted
  • Begin three-year commitment to serve as a leader in public education



  • Orientation to the BRIGHT Fellowship
  • Symposia with leading CEOs, academic leaders and thought leaders
  • Team-building exercises

Ohio Learning Standards and Effective Teaching Practices

  • Training focused on Ohio’s language arts and math standards and instructional excellence
  • Opportunities for experiential learning and classroom observations
  • Guidance and a framework for how to align instruction with assessment
  • Instruction on how to utilize data to dramatically improve classroom practice and learner outcomes

Principal Internship

  • Full-time Principal Internship at a high-poverty Ohio school for the school year
  • Minimum 1,000 clock hours over 182 days as a Principal Intern under the guidance of an accomplished hosting Principal
  • Co-teaching classes with master teachers: 180 clock hours
  • Access to Principal Coaches: 120 clock hours
  • Colloquia and professional development: minimum 100 clock hours
  • Intensive training on instructional efficacy
  • Quarterly formal assessments and 360-degree leadership feedback

MBA Program

  • Course content highly customized to complement the Ohio K-12 education leadership context, in synchrony with key milestones of the Principal Internship experience
  • Intensive monthly on-campus learning modules
  • Periodic daylong Adaptive Leadership workshops
  • MBA fully paid by BRIGHT, plus a modest monthly stipend

Administrative Licensure

  • Fast-track to 5-year, K-12 Professional Administrator License issued by the Ohio Department of Education to serve as a school building principal in Ohio Service As a School Principal
  • Upon completion of the BRIGHT Fellowship requirements, Fellows are required to serve a minimum of three years as an education administrator and leader of a high-poverty public school in Ohio.