Every great school starts with talented leaders and teachers who hold the belief that all children can learn. PSP invests in programs focused on preparing and developing teachers and leaders for the rigors of working in urban schools.


PSP awards grants that enable the planning and design of educator talent-development programs and supports their implementation. Over time, the programs must be able to achieve sustainability with a mix of tuition revenue and other sources of philanthropy. Program types that PSP has supported include those aimed at preservice, new and current teachers and school leaders.


All of the talent programs supported by PSP are products of partnerships: between PSP, Philadelphia educators and educational organizations and institutions. Philadelphia educators from every school type (district, charter, and private) have provided input on the designs for each program. The programs are typically led by either nonprofit organizations (e.g., PhillyPLUS), higher-education institutions (e.g., Drexel University) or local school operators (e.g., KIPP Philadelphia).


Our strategy is to support the creation of many coordinated programs that can help meet the educator training and development needs of Philadelphia schools. Over 600 teachers and school leaders have participated in PSP-funded talent programs, benefiting three out of five schools in Philadelphia.


Program Category Total Program Participants Highlights
Philadelphia Pathways to Urban Leadership (PhillyPLUS) Pre-Service (Leader) 134 PLUS recruits, selects, and prepares outstanding principals for Philadelphia’s schools. Program includes a full-year residency as an apprentice principal and two years of personalized leadership coaching.
Relay National Principals Academy Fellowship (Relay NPAF) Development (Leader) 100 Relay NPAF is a selective, national development program for sitting principals and principal managers. This year-long fellowship includes job-embedded coaching and reflection.
Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay GSE) Pre-Service (Teacher) 173 Relay GSE is a two-year residency focused on the specific challenges of urban teaching. Strongly emphasizing diversity in recruiting, the program came to Philadelphia after becoming a linchpin of the urban teacher pipeline in New York and New Jersey.
Drexel Dragons Teach Middle Years (DTMY) Pre-Service (Teacher) 50 DTMY is an undergraduate certification emphasizing pedagogy, practice-based coaching and theory formed through a partnership between Drexel University and The New Teacher Project. It focuses on producing teachers for some of the hardest-to-staff positions (middle-school science and math).
KIPP Emerging Leaders Program Development (Teacher) 126 KIPP Emerging Leaders Program enrolls teachers from in and outside KIPP schools, emphasizing key leadership skills, including change management and meeting facilitation.
National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education (NAATE) Development (Teacher & Leader) 29 NAATE is a unique Whole School Change model that trains teachers and leaders as a group, building collective and distributed leadership skills. The curriculum is modeled on a Harvard Business School case-study approach.
Penn Urban Teacher Apprenticeship Pre-service (Teacher) Still in planning phase Penn UTA is a brand new residency, project-based-learning driven teacher preparation pathway, designed in partnership with Science Leadership Academy and the Workshop School. The program will equip teachers to better prepare students for the demands of the modern economy.



PSP has invested in 64 schools of all types (public district, public charter, and private) across Philadelphia


Since 2011, PSP has invested over $65 million in schools of all types to improve educational outcomes of children in Philadelphia


Annually, over 100,000 people learn about and apply to great schools through the free resources provided by GreatPhillySchools


As a result of PSP’s investments, more than 26,000 students are enrolled in better schools