Leadership Training

Applications Open for 2022-2023 District Leadership Fellows

“District Leadership Fellows is such a helpful program to not only connect with other school leaders, but also gain insight from Dr. Bing. He brings a different view and lens to school leaders.” – Dr. Michelle Cline, Superintendent, Throckmorton Collegiate ISD, Texas 


Applications are open for the 2022-2023 cohort of the District Leadership Fellows, a hybrid in-person and online strengths-based leadership development program run by the Institute for Leadership Impact at Southern Methodist University. Established and emerging district leaders who are collaborative, motivated to create change, and who have a strong desire for personal leadership growth are invited to applyFellows will apply learning from cohort meetings, peer group meetings and interactive tutorials to a real-world challenge in their districts. 

  • Receive individual and group coaching 
  • Participate in a dynamic online environment 
  • Learn from SMU faculty and education experts 
  • Engage with in-house interactive training modules 
  • Enhance your leadership skills 
  • Better align your work with your personal mission 
  • Apply your learning to a real-world challenge in your district 
  • Expand your network and collaborate with a diverse cohort of peers 

Program Timeline 
  • January 20, 2022 Applications open 
  • March 31, 2022– Priority applications deadline 
  • April -May, 2022 – Rolling applications
  • June 30, 2022Application deadline
  • Summer, 2022 – Strengths assessment
Updated Provisional Schedule 

Fall 2022 

  • In-person kick-off 
  • 2-hour biweekly cohort meetings online 
  • 1-hour biweekly Peer Group meetings online 

Spring 2023 

  • In-person winter retreat
  • 1-hour monthly Peer Group meetings online

Eligibility: Superintendents and executive district leaders who report directly to superintendents are invited to apply 

Program Fee: $995 

Applications and nominations: Interested in joining the cohort?  Complete your application here.  Know someone who would be a great fit for the program?  Nominate them here 

More information: Download the program flyer, visit the Institute for Leadership Impact website, email Christine Ferguson at, or call 214-768-1073. 

To learn more about Institute for Leadership Impact programs, visit our website, email us at, and engage with us on Twitter. 

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