Lead from Within sessions are not your typical professional development - we dive deep into core leadership competencies such as inspirational leadership, decision-making, and individual sustainability, while also confronting the narratives and challenges that leaders of color face across professions. Using a combination of frameworks derived from world-renowned schools of management, foundational texts rooted in lessons on leadership from people of color, and the experiences of successful senior school leaders of color, we equip fellows with the tools they need to run strong schools and bring about lasting change to the face of leadership in education.
Mentors within our program support the individual career and leadership development of each Lead from Within fellows. They bring years of experience as successful senior school leaders at Uncommon Schools to the role of coaching and thought-partnering with fellows around the day-to-day problem solving and decision making that goes into strong and sustainable school leadership.
The sense of belonging to a lifelong cohort of fellows who are each committed to the success of every one of our schools is the cultural bedrock of the Lead from Within fellowship program. Cohorts build a strong sense of community wherein every fellow feels seen, heard, and valued for their unique talents and perspectives. Through each cohort, fellows are given numerous lifelines to other school leaders of color who are similarly positioned in their leadership and offer personal and professional support.