LEADER U RESIDENCY
During the first year of the Leader U program, Residents focus on becoming effective teaching coaches while also taking on increased responsibilities within a school. Supports and responsibilities for Residents include the following:
Residents learn (and practice!) the basics of coaching, initiative development, and developing strong culture.
Bi-weekly Leadership Coaching
Residents meet regularly with their coach, focusing on their specific development plan.
Targeted Monthly Talks
Working with their cohort, Residents develop skill in providing effective feedback and best practices in varied disciplines.
Associate Teacher Mentorship
Residents coach and develop an associate teacher through the year.
Initiative Planning and Development
Residents develop three initiatives to target their school of residency’s needs in the following areas: Coaching an Associate Teacher, Grade Level or Department Leadership, and a choice of Operations or Culture.
“The program’s power is the people. I can’t think of another program or place where I would get this level of coaching to be a school leader.”
LEADER U FELLOWSHIP
The Leader U Fellowship is for Residents who have successfully completed their Year 1 and initial applicants with extensive leadership and coaching experience. The Fellowship is school-based, with programming tailored to each individual’s needs. While no two Fellowships are alike, Fellows develop themselves and their leader lens through common supports including the following:
Two-Week Summer Professional Development
Fellows begin to craft and develop a vision of excellence encompassing instruction, culture, and operations. They also learn from a variety of network leaders while beginning to develop their own leadership voice.
Weekly Leadership Coaching
Fellows meet with their coach, focusing on their specific development plan.
Fellows develop initiatives to target their school of residency’s needs in the following areas: Coaching Teachers, Leading Teams, Building Strong Culture, and Engaging Families.
Monthly Analysis and Reflections
Fellows reflect on key moments in the school year and how a leader drives change through intentional thought and actions.
Excellent Schools Visit
Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a series of Excellent Schools Visits highlighting the superpowers and best practices of highly effective schools from both within the Democracy Prep Network as well as other high performing schools across the country.