Leadership Training

Applications Open for 2024-2025 District Leadership Fellows

Applications are open for the 20242025cohort of the District Leadership Fellows, a hybrid in-person and online strengths-based leadership development program run by the Institute for Leadership Impactat 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. Throughout the program, 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   

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 Application Timeline   
Provisional Schedule   

Fall 2024   

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

Spring 2025   

  • In-person winter retreat at SMU 
  • Monthly Peer Group meetings online – one hour  
Program Information

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

Program Fee: $1,450  

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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