Aspiring Leaders is a practice-based program designed for working educators who aspire to lead urban schools.


PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Our practice-based, masters curriculum with Southern Methodist University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development is designed to meet the unique set of needs & challenges leaders face in urban schools.

Our courses are non-traditional and provide unique opportunities to learn and grow as a leader. Role-plays and field-based experiences prepare participants to take on the most difficult aspects of school leadership, while group work and collaboration with fellow cohort members teach leaders the keys to building effective teams.

 
 

A COMPETENCY-BASED MODEL

Competency-based learning in the Aspiring Leaders Program ensures leaders receive multiple personalized learning opportunities to strengthen practices that are key to improving achievement. Working from a discrete set of research-based practices, our curriculum is created to ensure multiple opportunities for individual feedback based on a rubric that moves each leader towards mastery. 

Throughout the Aspiring Leaders program, participants consistently work towards developing high-leverage values, skills, and practices that are essential for successful urban school leadership, such as:

  • Leading with trust
  • Giving and receive critical feedback
  • Innovation and risk-taking

THE COHORT EXPERIENCE

Aspiring Leaders will work with other like-minded educators to problem-solve and action-plan through challenges, to share best-practices, and to provide feedback and support that will last throughout your career. Learn and grow together, both personally and professionally. 


My network of fellow Aspiring Leaders are my number one go-to in any school situation, and I’d be lost without them.
— Katie Leinenkugel, School Director at Uplift Pinnacle Primary, Aspiring Leaders 2013

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