Innovative Leaders Institute seeks aspiring change-makers, apply by March 28

Are you ready to lead change at your school? The year-long Innovative Leaders Institute has prepared hundreds of principals and lead-teachers to step forward and create new STEM schools or integrate STEM practices throughout existing schools. The program pairs aspiring school leaders with veteran STEM school principals.

The year-long cohort program covers a number of concepts including how to be an effective leader, manage innovative instruction, and create a culture/climate that fosters the best in STEM learning. Participants engage in structured learning activities on topics such as adaptive and distributive leadership, problem-based learning, meaningful professional development, marketing and partnerships. Each in-person session includes a tour of an innovative school plus a discussion with the school’s leaders. This year, the program will be offered free to participants who fulfill the program’s requirements. Applications are due March 28, 2022.

Hear from Dee Martindale, Innovative Leaders Institute faculty member and K-12 STEM coordinator for Lakewood Local Schools

The Innovative Leaders Institute is open to two-person teams of school leaders interested in or currently leading innovative schools or programs. The team must include a principal or assistant principal plus an additional building-level leader. The team will complete one online application providing information for each applicant. Participants will be expected to cover the cost of travel to/from program sites. Application notifications will be delivered by April 22, 2022.

Dates for the 2022-2023 ILI are: June 14, 2022 (Columbus); October 6, 2022 (TBD); January 12, 2023 (Virtual); and April 19, 2023 (TBD). Locations for the October and April sessions will be set later in the year. Additionally, we will have booster calls on: August 2, 2022 and March 13, 2023.

Apply to the 2022-2023 Innovative Leaders Institute cohort


Innovative Leaders Institute leadership opportunity

Looking for leadership opportunities? We are also seeking for mentors and content providers for the Innovative Leaders Institute. Mentors will be assigned 5-7 Innovative Leaders Institute participants of a similar grade levels to provide guidance, support, and role modeling. Mentors may also help with setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources. Mentors will meet (virtually or in person) with their mentees as a group 2 times and at least one time individually during the Innovative Leaders Institute program (May 2022 – April 2023). Content providers will create and deliver 1-3, 60-90 minute workshop sessions on a variety of topics. Both positions will be paid a stipend. Applications are due March 28, 2022.

Apply as mentor or content provider for the Innovative Leaders Institute

Application note: Please be sure you are prepared to complete the entire application including uploading documents. You will not be able to leave the application and come back to finish later.


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