Leadership+Design Fellowship Light up next year with us as a part of the 2017-2018 cohort.
Introducing the Leadership+Design Fellowship, a chance to join a diverse cohort of seekers, mavericks, and questioners for a year of learning, collaboration, and creating the future of teaching and learning.
Leadership+Design is launching a new fellowship to engage a diverse cohort of 8-10 school leaders in a year-long partnership with our organization, to serve as co-creators, advisors, evangelists, and capacity builders in their own schools. L+D Fellows will connect with us regularly over the course of an academic year, both in person and virtually, to explore how the habits and mindsets of human-centered designers overlap with the challenges of school leadership in a historical moment of exponential change. If you join us as an L+D Fellow, you’ll have a chance to develop your own leadership capacity as well as advise and collaborate with us as we create the future of teaching and learning.
Who should apply? Mid-level school leaders, very loosely defined, who are looking to hone their problem-solving skills, think differently about how we do school, and expand their network in order to connect and collaborate with other "L+Doers." You might be a Division Director or Assistant Principal, a Department Chair, Curriculum Director, Instructional Coach, Innovation Director, Academic Dean, or Director of Diversity and Equity. You might have participated in a Leadership+Design workshop in the past, or felt a kinship with our approach and mission that you've been wanting to pursue. Whatever your formal role, you're feeling ready to push yourself a little, reach out, and connect with others in new ways.
What does being an L+D Fellow entail?
An opening conveningon September 22, 2017, where we will gather in person for a day to connect with one another, learn and practice some of the values and approaches of Leadership+Design, and set goals for our work together in the coming year.
Monthly virtual gatherings where we will discuss readings, videos, or other materials, or unpack field work we’ve done in our own schools.
A fellowship project through which each member of the cohort will actively hone their own skills as a facilitator, innovator, collaborator, or problem solver. This might take the form of conducting research at your home school and presenting it to your administration, observing and participating with an L+D team in facilitating a workshop, engaging your faculty in a new way of conducting meetings, or some other project of your choice.
A final convening on April 27, 2018, where we will once again come together in person to discuss the outcomes of fellowship projects and reflect on insights gained and lessons learned through the year. You’ll also have a chance to help Leadership+Design shape its future programming.
What will I get out of being an L+D Fellow?
A toolbox of habits, mindsets, resources, and strategies for leading your school towards innovation and fresh approaches to teaching, learning, and leadership;
A deep connection to your cohort and a growing network of “L+Doers,” who are committed to moving the needle in education towards retooling to meet students’ future needs;
A chance to serve as our “think tank” and help us shape the future of professional development;
Opportunities to facilitate with L+D, practice the work, and get authentic feedback;
Fun, play, delight, human connection, a chance to recharge, and (when in person) good food and snacks.
What will you ask of me and my school in return?
Time and Energy Commitment: If you sign on as a Fellow, we ask that you commit to attending meetings and dedicating your full engagement in the experience over the course of the year. This includes in-person meetings and monthly virtual gatherings. We promise it will be worth your while.
Your Creative Mojo: In addition to building your skills and your school’s capacity, we’ll ask you to help us create new materials and dream up new ways of approaching our work.
Program Fee and Transportation Costs: Participation in the Fellowship is $200. In addition, for the opening and closing in-person convenings, we ask that your school cover the cost of your transportation and lodging. We’ll feed you and engage you in thought-provoking work, but we ask your school to get you there.
Support: Chances are, in this fellowship year, you’ll start asking really good questions and want to get pretty experimental in your school. We’d love to get commitment from your school’s administration that they’ll support you in those endeavors. We will ask for your supervisor to sign off on your application, so that we know you will be supported by your school.
This sounds like it’s right up my alley. How do I apply? Great! We’re really excited to learn more about you. Click below to fill out an application.
Applications are due no later than Friday, June 9, 2017. Decisions will be communicated via email by Friday, June 16, 2017.
Convening Dates: FALL: Friday, September 22, 2017 SPRING: Friday, April 27, 2018