Leader U develops educators from various professional backgrounds to lead Democracy Prep campuses. One and two year tracks ensure that leaders receive the support and training they need to succeed.

Leader U ResidencyDuring the first year of the Leader U program, Residents focus on becoming effective teaching coaches while taking on increased responsibilities within a school. Supports and responsibilities for Residents include:

  • Two day summer onboarding
  • Biweekly leadership coaching
  • Monthly talks targeted toward providing effective feedback and best practices in varied disciplines
  • Associate Teacher Mentorship: Residents coach and develop an associate teacher through the year
  • Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities

Leader U FellowshipThe Leader U Fellowship is for Residents who have successfully completed their Year 1 Residency and applicants with more leadership and coaching experience.  The one year Leader U Fellowship equips future leaders with the targeted skills and knowledge needed to successfully lead a Democracy Prep School. While no two Fellowships are alike, Fellows develop themselves and their leader lens through common supports including the following:

  • Two week summer professional development
  • Weekly leadership coaching 
  • Initiative Development: Developing initiatives that successfully target needs of the school of residency in the following areas: Coaching Teachers, Leading Teams, Building Strong Culture, Engaging Families
  • Monthly analysis and reflections
  • Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities