Thank you to all the L+Doers out there who applied, and there has never been a more interesting time to think about leadership with a cohort than right now in 2020. Applications for 2021-22 will be open in March 2021. Please check back.
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.
The Leadership+Design Fellowship engages a diverse cohort of 12-15 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. We work on developing school leaders with strong skillsets in three overlapping areas: they become avid Futurists, creative Design Thinkers, and thoughtful and collaborative Change Managers/Agents. 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, Grade Level Team Leader, or Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 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 conveningin the fall, where we will gather in person for two days 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. By the end of the experience, you'll emerge with a portfolio demonstrating your journey through the year, which you can share with your school community.
A virtual mid-year check in with your Principal, Head of School, or other Partner where you'll share your progress and engage him or her more deeply in your work.
A final two-day convening in the spring , 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
NOTE:If travel is not possible due to public health realities, we will create a dynamic virtual/ regional option,
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;
Coaching and support in your efforts toward creating the future of teaching, learning, and leading at your school;
A chance to serve as our “think tank” and help us shape the future of professional development and school leadership;
Opportunities to facilitate with L+D, practice new ways of leading colleagues, and get authentic feedback;
A free membership in L+Doers Unite, with discounts to L+D programs and other perks.
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, monthly virtual gatherings, and monthly assignments. We promise it will be worth your while.
Completion of a Project: Your project might take any number of forms, ranging from curriculum development to new initiative design to the creation of a professional development experience for your school or region. Whatever you choose to pursue, we'll ask you to commit to it and work on it throughout the year. The project will culminate in a representation of some kind that we'll feature on our website.
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: In addition to providing a program fee, we ask that your school cover the cost of your transportation and lodging for the in-person convenings. 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. This will require your Principal or Head of School to participate in 2-3 virtual meetings to learn about your and the cohort's work. We will ask for your supervisor to sign off on your application, so that we know you will be supported by your school.
When and where are the opening and closing convenings?
Fall convening: late September (specific dates TBD)
Spring convening: late April (specific dates TBD)
We will set the final locations for these meetings once we have a sense of the geographical locations of our Fellows, however the locations for both will likely be in cities in the center of the continent and easy to fly to for Fellows on the two coasts. (For point of reference, the 2019-2020 convenings were held in Seattle and Denver (postponed due to Covid-19)
What does the Fellowship cost? The program fee for the 2020-2021 L+D Fellowship is $2,500. This fee covers the cost of two 2-day conveings, monthly calls, L+Doer Unite membership, and support in the development and implementation of your Fellowship project. It does not include the cost of travel expenses.
Are there scholarships available? We are deeply committed to providing up to 6 scholarships, ranging 25-75% reductions in the program fee, for applicants coming from schools without extensive resources. On rare occasions of need, we offer a scholarship of full fee reduction. (Please note that scholarships do not cover the cost of travel.)
Scholarships will be dedicated towards developing a diverse cohort, with particular emphasis on leaders from public or charter schools, as well as applicants who are from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in school leadership roles.
If you'd like to apply for a scholarship, please click here to fill out an application. Scholarship applications should be submitted by Friday,May 1, which is the same deadline as the overall application deadline. Please note that scholarships will not cover the cost of travel.
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 get started.
Questions? Contact Tara Jahn at Tara@leadershipanddesign.org