Leadership Fellows Program
IN-PERSON RETREAT: October 28-29, 2020 | 11:00am - 3:00pm | San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
SESSION 2: December 3, 2021 | 9:00am - 2:00pm | Virtual
SESSION 3: January 24, 2022 | 9:00am - 2:00pm | Virtual
COACHING SESSION: March 1 or March 2, 2022 | Virtual
SESSION 4: March 7, 2022 | 9:00am - 2:00pm | Virtual or in-person (TBD)
The application deadline for Leadership Fellows is August 15th.
The job of an independent school leader is complicated, demanding, and rewarding. Often working directly with various constituent groups, school leaders are confronted with a myriad of complex issues to sort through. School leaders require a myriad of skills in order to lead, to collaborate effectively, and to have impact.
This year-long fellowship for experienced educators from throughout California supports the unique demands of independent school leaders—the only program of its kind in California! Facilitated by two experienced, long-time Heads of School, the Leadership Fellows Program offers practical knowledge and skills about independent school leadership, as well as professional and personal support.
This program includes a strong line-up of guest speakers on a variety of topics including mission and culture, diverse and inclusive school communities, school finance, and governance, among others. Case studies, problem-based discussions, and relevant readings will challenge participants to reflect on their roles and encourage the development of their skills for their work in their current schools.
- To provide experienced K-12 leaders with the knowledge, skills, and resources important for senior level leadership.
- To address topics such as leadership EQ, communication, team building, systems thinking, strategic planning, and organizational health and behavior.
- To develop and strengthen relationships and networks of support among school leaders.
- Be able to define leadership
- Gain confidence in your strengths as a leader
- Build a network of peer support
- Develop competency in issues of independent school sustainability, financial management, mission and strategic planning, and operations
The program includes a two day intensive overnight retreat in October, followed by three day-long sessions. In addition, participants will have the opportunity for an individual mentoring session with one of the facilitators mid-way through the program.
This is a selective program and all applications will be reviewed to ensure that the cohort is balanced, diverse, and well-qualified.
Eric Temple currently serves as The Head of School at Lick-Wilmerding High School, a coed day 9-12 high school in San Francisco serving 530 students. Before joining Lick-Wilmerding eight years ago, for seven years Eric headed The Carey School, a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade coed day school in San Mateo. Eric began his career teaching English and as the Dean of Students at Ojai Valley Upper School, then moved to Crystal Springs Uplands School where he taught English, was the Dean of Studies and Assistant Head of School. Eric has served on many school boards, the California Association of Independent Schools board, and currently serves on the NAIS Board where he chairs the Equity and Justice Committee. For five years Eric served on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads where he taught about understanding school culture. Eric holds a BA (Boston College) and MA (UMass – Amherst) in English Literature and a MEd in Educational Leadership (Teachers College, Columbia University). In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, gardening, and traveling with his husband.
RETREAT: The Interplay of Leadership and Mission
Date: October 28-29, 2021
Location: San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.