2018 Impact Academy Fellows

In May 2018, we announced our third cohort of Impact Academy fellows. The 2018 fellows come from programs in 11 states, and collectively their programs enroll more than 3,500 teacher-candidates. Meet our 2018 Impact Academy fellows.


Not Your Average Fellowship

The Impact Academy fellowship is designed to build deans’ leadership skills and create a network of deans focused on collective action and support for one another. Typical leadership programming focuses on nuts-and-bolts training for budgeting or accreditation. Impact Academy goes beyond brass tacks to provide skills, knowledge, and strategies to help solve the complicated problems deans face.

Hear directly from a fellow and member dean facilitator about the benefits of Impact Academy.

Learning Objectives

Impact Academy, designed in collaboration with our member deans, will increase the leadership skills of fellows through an initial in-person experience and ongoing support from their peers and experienced deans. Impact Academy has four primary learning objectives:

  • Fellows will develop greater self-awareness as a leader, building a better understanding of their context, their personal values, their leadership skills, and their socio-emotional responses to others.
  • Fellows will develop a vision for an educator preparation program that engages and cuts across four levels of the organization: teacher candidates, faculty, K-12 school partners, and community stakeholders.
  • Fellows will understand processes, structures, and systems that promote individual and organizational learning.
  • Fellows will learn strategies to manage individuals and organizations through improvement efforts in educator preparation.

Program Components

Over the course of the year-long fellowship, fellows will participate in in-person sessions, receive ongoing leadership coaching, and develop and implement plans to improve their educator-preparation programs.

  • Fellows will convene for two in-person sessions: a four-day session in July 2018 and a one-day session in July 2019. During these sessions, fellows will diagnose their teacher-preparation programs and their leadership, engage in case-study discussions around common leadership challenges, and develop a plan to address a problem of practice.
  • Fellows will extend their learning by completing individual modules that help apply lessons of leadership to their specific organizational contexts.
  • Fellows will receive ongoing leadership coaching from experienced member deans during the academic year.
  • Fellows will develop a network of peers committed to improving educator preparation, and have structured opportunities to connect with and support each other.


Meet Our Fellows


As of 2018, our Impact Academy fellowship has welcomed three cohorts of fellows:


Who Should Apply

We’re committed to building a diverse cohort – one that represents a range of institutions and educator preparation programs in this country. Impact Academy Fellows are leaders with a strong interest in their own growth and in the learning of those they lead.

  • You are dean of a school of education or educator-preparation program.  
  • You have a strong orientation towards, and interest in, learning alongside others.
  • You can commit to participating in all Impact Academy activities over the 2018-2019 academic year.

The fee for the year-long fellowship is $3,000. This includes all materials, breakfast, and lunch for the in-person sessions.

*Scholarships are available for leaders of institutions who can demonstrate significant financial need.


We are looking for applicants who are motivated to improve the preparation of teachers, have demonstrated an alignment with our guiding principles, and are strongly oriented towards learning alongside others. If this sounds like you, please complete this form for more information.

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I’m leaving [the Impact Academy] a better person than when I entered.

Dr. Anthony Graham

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