Transformational Leaders Fellowship Program

Bring a leader fellowship program to your school network or region.

We partner with K-12 schools, charter management organizations, districts, and other education organizations to design customized fellowships that develop culturally-responsive, transformational school leaders. Our program works with your organization to create a sustainable, diverse pipeline of school leaders.


Intentional Community

Fellows build strong, professional, life-long connections with other leaders in their educational sector.

Powerful Learning

Fellows engage in high-quality professional development that makes them better in their roles.

Lasting Change

Fellows apply their learning to develop, plan, and lead a transformation effort at their school site, network, or district.

How Our Programs Work

Our program helps you develop the infrastructure, capacity, and community required to transform your schools from good to great and create lasting organizational change. We’ll be with you each step of the way.

Year 1 (I Do)

Year 1 begins with learning. Fellows experience high-quality professional development they can apply in their roles immediately. Often, this takes place in the form of a Problem-Based Learning experience, case study, simulation, or consultancy. The content covered will be designed around the needs of the region.

There will be space for building community, practicing a new skill, giving and receiving feedback, and reflection to solidify learning.

Year 2 (We Do)

With the support of our facilitators and their cohort, Fellows critically examine their school sites. They collect data and conduct a needs assessment to identify high-leverage priorities and projects for the upcoming year. They continue professional development focused on identifying areas within their sphere of influence, data analysis, leading and managing change, building coalitions, and systems change.

By the end of Year 2, all fellows will have thoughtfully planned for implementing a change project they will launch in Year 3.

Year 3 (You Do)

Year 3 is all about action and implementation. Fellows launch their change project at their school site with thoughtfully planned benchmarks to measure their progress and adjust as needed. Professional development shifts towards principles of adaptive leadership, overcoming challenges in implementation, and maintaining momentum through change efforts. Fellows support each other through consultancies, where they will bring challenges they are facing in implementation and receive feedback and support from the cohort.

The year ends with a final reflection on the impact they were able to make and what they learned along the way.

Beyond Year 3

The learning doesn’t end at Year 3. After Year 3, you will continue building connections with your cohort. We will provide opportunities and support to continue your leadership journey.

Why invest in school leaders?

School leaders are vital to operating excellent, equitable schools, and yet investing in leadership is often one of the most overlooked courses of action for raising student achievement. School leaders are the number one factor in hiring, coaching, and retaining excellent teachers and sustaining effective school climates for learning (Wallace Foundation, 2013). Transformational school leaders are needed now more than ever to lead their communities through change to combat persistent inequities and refocus our schools on a whole-child education that truly prepares all of their students to live fulfilled lives.

An effective principal’s impact touches every aspect of a school—most powerfully, through the work of developing strong teachers and adult culture. They are the multipliers of teaching best practices across classrooms and have the most power to impact an entire school’s culture and performance. As the Wallace Foundation recently concluded after two decades of research, it’s difficult to imagine a higher return on investment in K-12 education than school leader development (Wallace Foundation, 2021).

What is a Transformational Leader?

Transformational Leaders inherit school systems that have been designed for the benefit of some students at the expense of others. They have the vision, skills, networks, and support to transform their schools into places where all students thrive. They empower their communities and inspire others towards collective action. They are powerful instructional leaders and skillful teacher coaches. They deeply understand the system as it is and they have the courage to change it for the benefit of young people. They lead with both confidence and humility. They relentlessly strive to build inclusive communities where everyone flourishes.