About the School Leader Fellowship
Our Approach

Different from most professional development programs, the School Leader Fellowship journey is as personalized as possible, encouraging individual leaders to gain and apply insights related to their unique situation. Over the course of 9 months, we explore the 3 themes of Know + Lead Your School, Know + Lead Others, and Know + Lead Self to understand and apply leadership lessons through a multi-tiered experience designed to meet you where you are. 

Residency Days

Each theme begins with an extended learning experience. Materials focus on values-based leadership, culture alignment and decision making.

Small Cohort Sessions

To further contextualize the material, fellows meet in small cohort groups for discussion and reflection. Time is also dedicated to issue processing, allowing input from fresh perspectives.

Individual Coaching

One-on-one sessions with a certified executive coach take leaders deeper into the material. This learning segment offers equal measures of accountability and encouragement.

BONUS: Leadership Assessments

Industry-leading Hogan assessments provide insights into leadership strengths and concerns, and behavior-motivating core values.

2023 -2024 Course Schedule

Orientation | Thursday, Sept 7, 2023 (9 – 11 AM)

Know + Lead Your School
Residency Day | Thursday, Sept 21, 2023
Cohort Day  | Thursday, Oct 26, 2023
Executive 1:1 Coaching | November 2023

Fall Forum (Optional) | November 2, 2023 (9 – 10:30 AM)

Know + Lead Others
Residency Day | Thursday, Jan 18, 2024
Cohort Day | Thursday, Feb 22, 2024
Executive 1:1 Coaching | March 2024

Spring Forum (Optional) | March 7, 2024 (9 – 10:30 AM)

Know + Lead Self
Residency Day | Thursday, March 21, 2024
Cohort Day | Thursday, April 25, 2024
Executive 1:1 Coaching | April or May 2024

Residency Days are in-person gatherings held at The Oaks Academy, Martindale-Brightwood campus.
Cohort Days are virtual, small group sessions held from 9AM to 12PM.
Executive Coaching is scheduled individually with each participant.

The optional Fall and Spring Forums offer the opportunity for past and current fellows (from the School Leader Fellowship, Early Education Center Director Fellowship, and the Teacher Renewal Fellowship) to come together for rich discussion around an important educational topic relevant to all.

Enrollment Details

Fifteen seats will be filled on a rolling acceptance basis. 

The online application process includes uploading a one page letter of introduction prepared by a colleague. The letter, addressed to the SLF Leadership Team, should touch on the applicant’s commitment to education and professional development.  

Qualifying leadership experience includes the following roles: CEO, Head of School, Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Director of Admissions, and Director of Advancement. School founders have also found the experience to be helpful.

Once an application is completed, an online interview is conducted with the fellowship’s program manager, with a timely acceptance decision to follow.

The $1500 tuition includes all materials, assessments and executive coaching. SLF is eligible for Title II funding. Payment plans are considered upon request.

Applications for the 2023 - 2024 Fellowship Class will open March 1, 2023
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Applications for the 2024 - 2025 Fellowship Class (Class VII) will close on July 31, 2023.​
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