Transformative change begins with you.

Creating better educational outcomes for children begins with effective teachers.
Preparing those teachers depends on your leadership.
The Impact Academy is here to help.

Impact Academy is a yearlong fellowship for leaders of educator-preparation programs hosted by Deans for Impact.

Here, we help you answer the big questions. While other leadership programs focus on nuts-and-bolts training for budgeting or accreditation, Impact Academy fellows define a strategy for instructional improvement grounded in equity and learning science. Through collaborative learning sessions, case studies, and personalized coaching, you’ll explore topics such as:

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How can I lead my faculty through a deep exploration of cultural responsiveness in our program? What data do we need to understand if our teacher-candidates are able to meet the needs of culturally diverse learners?
See how Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy addressed these questions at American University.
How can I lead the School of Education through an innovation initiative, redesigning our approach to meet 21st-century challenges? How do I get stakeholders on board with a new vision of teacher preparation that incorporates more field experiences, virtual licensure, and post-graduation mentorship? Learn how Dr. Nancy Marchand-Martella led such changes at Purdue University.
How do I need to change as an individual to be able to lead transformational change within my organization? How can I challenge my own thinking and assumptions? Explore how Dr. Anthony Graham, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Winston-Salem State University, reflected on these questions.
How do I guide my team to consider questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and embed these considerations into every course of the educator-preparation program? Find out how Dr. Kathlene Campbell, Dean of the School of Education at the University of St. Thomas, is exploring these questions during the fellowship.
Throughout the year, you’ll be mentored by a veteran dean, benefiting from regular virtual coaching sessions to help you conceptualize and implement transformative change. You’ll explore four core fellowship themes, learning new mindsets to motivate your actions as a leader. Along the way, you’ll build a network of peers firmly committed to creating equitable outcomes for future teachers and their students. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity! Fill out this form to request more information about Impact Academy:



2021 Fellowship Details

  • Three-day virtual session in July 2021
  • Monthly virtual learning sessions (September – June)
  • One-day, in-person session in July 2022
  • Four one-on-one coaching sessions with a veteran dean spread over the fellowship year

The fee for Impact Academy is $4,995 and includes all materials, learning sessions, and at least four one-on-one coaching sessions. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we aim to provide financial assistance to all who request it. Full or partial support is available.


Building a diverse cohort

Who should apply? You should apply if the following describes you:

  • You are dean of a school of education or educator-preparation program
  • You have a strong interest in your own growth and the growth of those you lead
  • You value learning alongside others
  • You are committed to ensuring more equitable outcomes for teacher-candidates and the students they serve
  • You can commit to participating in all Impact Academy activities over the academic year

Deans for Impact is committed to increasing the diversity of the fellowship cohort and drawing on that diversity to improve the richness of the learning experience for fellows. We are particularly interested in increasing the racial diversity of fellows and increasing the number of leaders of Minority-Serving Institutions within the cohort.

Do you know a leader in educator preparation who would be a great fit for Impact Academy? Nominate them to receive an invitation to apply. For more information about Impact Academy please contact John Roberts at


Meet past fellows

Deans for Impact has supported 95 educator-preparation leaders over the past six years. Click here to learn more about the fellows!

Hear from Dr. Sharen Cypress, Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Freed-Hardeman University, about how Impact Academy equipped her with tools to understand the educational landscape in her area and work to increase equity.

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