Applications for Third Cohort of Personalized Learning Leadership Fellowship Now Open

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The Lexington Institute is excited to announce a third cohort of its prestigious Lexington Education Leadership Award fellowship. Ten district leaders will be selected to participate.

I now go to conferences and see superintendents who were part of our first cohort in front of the room leading workshops to teach their peers. It is so exciting to see how far they have come.

The Lexington Institute, a non-profit public policy think tank focused on education reform, announced a third cohort of its highly successful national personalized learning fellowship, the Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) fellowship. Ten district leaders will join the 20 leaders from 12 states selected previously for this prestigious fellowship. To date, more than 100 leaders have applied to participate in this fellowship.

National interest in personalized learning has increased over the last few years, with money from organizations ranging from Mark Zuckerberg’s organization to the Emerson Collective joining past funders like the Gates Foundation. The LELA fellowship is the only national initiative designed specifically to support district leaders in whole-district personalized learning implementation.

The LELA fellowship is an exciting and highly selective 6-month program designed to expose district leaders to personalized learning and facilitate the first steps to implementation. The fellowship will launch at the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit in San Francisco in May 2016. Leaders will enter a special Summit track, meet their mentors, and participate in sessions with LELA alumni. Over the course of six months, each fellow will be assigned a consultant from Education Elements, the selected technical assistance provider that has supported nearly 100 districts in their personalized learning implementations. Leaders will participate in a series of onsite and online workshops designed to support them in developing their personalized learning vision and provide them with a framework and roadmap for a successful personalized learning implementation.

“Our expectations were exceeded with both the first and second cohorts’ remarkable leadership and tight peer dynamic,” said Don Soifer, Executive Vice-President of the Lexington Institute and founder of the fellowship program. “I now go to conferences and see superintendents who were part of our first cohort in front of the room leading workshops to teach their peers. It is so exciting to see how far they have come.”

The Lexington Institute has graduated one group of fellows and its second class will graduate this June. Said Christine Lay, a Cohort 1 fellow, “The entire fellowship has been one of the best (if not the best) leadership experiences I have had in my entire professional career. The best part is that it is not over, we have only just begun the journey.”

Applications for the third cohort of the Lexington Education Leadership Award fellowship are due at midnight PST on April 10th and can be found here.

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