KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship

Cohort One: March - September 2012

Twenty-seven organizations participated in the 2012 KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship (KLDF). This was the first time that more than a dozen large urban school districts have participated in a leadership institute run by a charter school network. 

KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship 2012 Cohort


Participants included 16 school districts, 3 charter management organizations, and 8 leadership training/education organizations:


  • Achievement School District 
  • Ascension Parish
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Charleston County School District
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Denver Public Schools
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Fulton County Public Schools
  • Hartford Public Schools
  • Houston Independent School District
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • New Haven Public Schools
  • Newark Public Schools
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Spring Branch Independent School District
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District

Charter Management Organizations

  • Achievement First
  • Rocketship Education
  • Uplift Education


Leadership training and education organizations 

  • Arkansas Leadership Academy
  • Chicago Leadership Collaborative
  • Get Smart Schools
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Marian University: Academy for Teaching & Learning Leadership
  • Teach for America
  • Teaching Trust
  • Tennessee Charter School Incubator


Program Details

Summit I: Principal Recruitment, Selection & Developing a Leadership Pipeline
March 20-22 in Houston, TX
Participants explored best practices in creating a leadership pipeline and recruiting high-value and high-alignment candidates with intensive sessions focused on designing a selection process that reflects organizational values and aligned principal competencies. They visited KIPP Houston schools to see leaders and culture in action, and experienced part of KIPP’s annual Fisher Fellow selection process including observing candidate interviews and using KIPP’s interview rubrics. 

Summit II: Principal Training & Residencies
June 26-28 in Chicago, IL 
Participants explored best practices in formal training, including adult learning principles, individualized leadership plans, leadership coaching, and high-value residency training experiences for principals. They attended a portion of KIPP’s “Summer Institute,” experiencing a slice of the five-week intensive formal training program for aspiring principals from the seat of a participant.

Summit III: Principal Support & Evaluation
October 9-11 in Atlanta, GA 
Participants explored effective on-going support for and evaluation of principals, including leveraging school reviews and a variety of data (informed by KIPP’s Healthy Schools & Regions framework) to provide meaningful developmental feedback for principals as well as how to effectively evaluate programs. They visited KIPP Atlanta schools in “review teams,” conducting classroom observations and stakeholder focus groups, using KIPP’s school review rubrics.



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