Leadership Training

Applications Open for 2023-2024 District Leadership Fellows

The SMU District Leaders program at its center creates a space for leaders to discuss Problems of Practice that are germane to the conversation happening in the field of Educational Leadership. – Dr. Eduardo Hernandez, Superintendent, Edgewood ISD, Texas 

Applications are open for the 2023-2024 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 apply. Fellows will apply learning from cohort meetings, peer group meetings and interactive tutorials to a real-world challenge in their districts.  

  • Participate in a dynamic in-person and online learning environment  
  • Learn from SMU faculty and education experts  
  • Receive individual coaching  
  • 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  
Provisional Schedule  

Fall 2023 

  • In-person fall retreat
  • Biweekly cohort meetings online – two hours 
  • Biweekly Peer Group meetings online – one hour 

Spring 2024 

  • In-person winter retreat 
  • Monthly Peer Group meetings online – one hour 

Eligibility: The program is open to school district superintendents and other leaders from the district office. 

Program Fee: $1450 

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 ourwebsite, email us at, and engage with us on Twitter.  

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