About the
Academy

Something Bigger

Every child deserves a future of limitless possibilities. To get there, we need exceptional leaders to open the doors of opportunity so every school, every classroom and every student gets what they need to be successful.

Throughout the program, our Fellows focus on actions that address student needs while supporting and inspiring people working in their systems to do their best work. We help them strengthen their ability to lead and grow high-performing organizations that drive excellence and equity for all students.

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Commit to excellence and equity for every student

Our Fellows are working with communities to build models for serving all students and families well — models that inspire new strategies in other school systems across the country. Most importantly, their actions are creating positive, life-changing outcomes for students.

Become a Leader

Even after the fellowship ends, we offer ongoing support and opportunities to engage with and learn from hundreds of the nation’s top education leaders who are part of our alumni network.

True Fellowship

During those two years, our Fellows dig deep — learning with and from their cohort-mates, pushing each other’s thinking, supporting each other’s efforts and growing their leadership in ways they never thought possible. They become families, and those relationships last a lifetime.

Sessions, Curriculum and Focus

Each Academy cohort convenes for five in-person, week-long sessions exploring some of the greatest opportunities in system-level improvement. Fellows complete monthly readings, reflections, analyses and application projects between sessions. These activities provide Fellows with opportunities to apply lessons to their own organizational contexts.

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Action Learning Projects

Each Fellow designs and initiates an Action Learning Project, applying elements of breakthrough ideas developed during sessions to pilot key improvement strategies within their current systems. The ALP is an opportunity to move from idea generation to action, flexing design-thinking and innovation muscles, working through rapid iteration and prototyping processes, applying change management frameworks and working with and learning from a variety of stakeholders.

 

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To Go Far, Go Together

Each Academy cohort represents a broad range of backgrounds and beliefs. Fellows affirm and challenge one another to grow, both individually and collectively, experiencing the kind of thought partnership that develops leadership and catalyzes innovation. By listening to and working with their local communities, our Fellows are helping put ideas into action that take their school systems to new heights.

Personalized Learning

In addition to group learning during sessions, Fellows explore personalized, self-driven supports to focus on grow their strengths and development areas, both in content knowledge and skills.

On-Demand Learning Modules

Fellows work independently to strengthen their knowledge of key K-12 education topics by accessing a library of on-demand learning modules. These modules contain readings, activities and resources and culminate in a consultation with an expert in the field.

Academy members at a seminarSystem-Leader Coaching

Fellows receive personalized coaching and support from our superintendents-in-residence, who are veteran educators and former system leaders.

Ongoing Professional Development

We provide a range of personalized supports, from peer mentoring and professional growth activities to study trips and executive coaching. We also administer 360-degree feedback tools to give fellows the input they need from people throughout their organizations to deepen awareness and gain insights to help them grow professionally and personally.

Emerging Practice Supports

We facilitate connections and consultancies with alumni across cohorts as well as with experts in the field working on similar topics to share initial results and receive real-time feedback. Fellows can take advantage of study trips, shadow days and peer coaching as they explore new strategies to implement in their school systems.

Opportunities to Stay Connected

We sponsor regional events throughout the year to allow fellows to continue building connections with our ever-growing network and learn from one another. Our annual alumni-only Forum gathering presents rich opportunities to examine promising practices and important issues relevant to their work, while reconnecting with colleagues from across the nation.

We also offer access to The Exchange, an online knowledge networking system to share resources and best practices within the Broad Center’s network as well as the broader education leadership community.

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“The Academy challenged me from an intellectual and a philosophical standpoint, and I benefited tremendously from the perspectives of my peers and from my mentor and coach."
Superintendent
The School District of Palm Beach County
The Broad Academy 2011

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