The Leader Fellowship
The Special Education Leader Fellowship is a 2-year cohort-based program designed to improve educational programming for students with exceptionalities. Our participants include current and aspiring special education leaders and RTI coordinators.
Leadership Fellowship Components
Training with national experts and high-performing practitioners
High Leverage Feedback
High leverage and school based feedback with individualized coaching
National School Visits
Visit a city with cohort to see who is doing exemplar work
The Leader Fellowship Program is a selective 2-year program designed to improve educational programming for New Orleans students with exceptionalities starting with special education leaders as the main unit of change. Targeting current and aspiring special education leaders, this program leads to direct improvement of special education programming in schools and ensures that all students reach their fullest potential.
- Training in leadership skills and content expertise with a cohort of peers working as special education and RTI coordinators.
- On-the-job training including 1:1 coaching from SELF experts, program reviews, and critical friends visits.
- National school visits to learn from excellent programs serving students with disabilities in a high-quality way .
Special Education leaders work in partnership with their school leaders, and SELF works to nurture a shared vision and core understandings between special education leader and their school leaders. In addition, school leaders are required to:
- Officially endorse Fellow candidates as part of the formal application process
- Attend two half-day sessions annually
- Agree to release the Fellow for one day for a Peer Program Review at another school
- Agree to host a Peer Program Review at their school
- Release the Fellow for three days for the National School Visits trip
- Release the Fellow for two half day workshops scheduled during the school week
Yes, a candidate can also hold a position at the CMO/district level and be a participant in SELF. The candidate will have to meet the same requirements as a school building SELF candidate.
Fellows have various professional titles, but are Special Education or RTI leaders (coordinator, director, or other teacher leader) or aspiring leaders whose primary responsibility is the success of students with exceptionalities.
Additionally, they have:
- 2 years of teacher experience, as of first year in the Fellowship.
- Teacher-leadership responsibilities (for example, leading team meetings, coaching other teachers, planning professional development, analyzing data to improve learning, co-planning, etc.)
- Principal support to develop their professional competencies through the 2-year Fellowship.
- A commitment of at least two years to their current school.
Current and aspiring special education leaders and RTI coordinators, would benefit most from being a member of SELF. SELF leads to direct improvement of special education programming in schools.
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