Leadership Fellows

Join Leadership Fellows

Leadership Fellows is a virtual, cohort-based fellowship for new and aspiring school leaders. This program provides a supportive environment to build knowledge, skills, and confidence in the next generation of school leaders.

In this program, you can expect:

  • Cohort Structure
  • Interdisciplinary Content
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Personalized Feedback
  • Field Experience

By the end of this program, you will be prepared to succeed in entry-level school-site leadership roles.

Meet Mark

Mark Rizkallah

Dean of Culture and Instruction at Summit K2, SY20 Fellow — California

I am so thankful that I made the decision to commit to Leadership Fellows this year. As a Dean, the thought-partnership, skills, readings, and perspectives that I have gained throughout this year from other educators have been invaluable. I feel truly educated, inspired, and invigorated to try something new back at my school site.

How to Apply

Leadership Fellows is designed for experienced teachers and early-career administrators. We aim to recruit a diverse group of educators and welcome educators from all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, education experience levels, roles, and past life experiences.

Prerequisites

  1. 3+ years experience as a full-time employee in education.
  2. Interested in taking on leadership roles, such as teacher-leader, dean, assistant principal, or principal.
  3. Aligned with our learning approach and program goals. You are likely a great fit if the following beliefs, mindsets, and capabilities are true for you:
    • I am ready to commit to my growth as a leader, despite the challenges and potential discomfort that may come with that process.
    • I believe that great leaders are made, not born; thus, I am reflective about refining my practice.
    • I set and hold high expectations for myself and others.
    • I am able to take on and commit to leadership challenges in addition to my regular job responsibilities; I can manage my time even when I have multiple compelling professional commitments.
    • I find value in cohort-based learning programs and am willing to be an active and contributing member to our group, which will require modeling vulnerability, openness, and honesty with others to support my growth and create a safe space for all to learn.

Testimonials

Hear from our alumni to learn about their experience with Leadership Fellows.

Time Commitment

The approximate time commitment of a Leadership Fellows cohort member is 150 hours over the course of the year. This includes:

  • 7 in-person sessions throughout the year (approximately 45 hours/year)
  • 6 hours of reading, self-directed learning, reflection, and preparation assignments between sessions (approximately 54 hours/year)
  • Site-based, job-embedded leadership application experiences (approximately 30 hours/year)

What to Expect

Leadership Fellows draws from established international leadership development programs such as the Aspen Global Leadership Network, Young Presidents’ Organization, and the former Prospective Principal Program at Stanford University.

Modes of Instruction

The modes of instruction include problem-based learning protocols, case studies and consultancies focused on adaptive leadership and strategic decision-making, and collaborative project-based learning experiences.

Expectations

You will be asked to bring your full self to the sessions, to thoroughly prepare for the sessions, to deeply reflect on the process and content of the sessions, and to enact work on a leadership initiative that benefits your school’s students and faculty.

You will be asked to develop the mindset and actions of a leader (both in our sessions and on your teams), including:

  • Coaching, providing and hearing feedback, and engaging in important discussions with your team.
  • Taking responsibility of tasks, problems, and initiatives that are a stretch for you.
  • Exercising influence as a leader in order to improve students’ experiences and outcomes.
  • Seeing each action you take, even in your classroom as a teacher, as one that doesn’t just impact you and the students you teach, but the entire school.
  • Fully understanding and analyzing the ecosystem and inner-workings of your entire school so you can work to improve it.

You will gain the most from the experience if you push yourself out of your comfort zone, allow yourself to be vulnerable with the group, and take on new perspectives with empathy and compassion.