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Fellowship for Public Education Leadership

The Fellowship for Public Education Leadership is a tuition-free executive leadership program for senior-level public education leaders from across the country who are dedicated to strengthening public school systems and the communities they serve. Fellows drive transformative work happening in urban school districts, charter networks, and state and federal education agencies that advances equity and excellence for all students.

Through deep connections within the cohort, engagement with SOM faculty expertise, and interaction with leading practitioners, the Fellowship offers the opportunity to reexamine present and future challenges in public education and reimagine what is possible for America’s youth. At Yale, Fellows have expanded access to investigate interdisciplinary questions with experts in public health, child development, urban planning and more. Bringing this highly selective leadership development program to its new home in New Haven provides opportunities to highlight and partner with local students, families, educators, and leaders who are strengthening public education.People walking down a sidewalk near buildings, lampposts and trees

The 10-month program seeks to bolster efforts to achieve performance improvements through participant-centered learning, peer coaching, and project work. Fellows develop a network of incredibly diverse public school system and cabinet-level leaders – including superintendents, chief executive officers, and commissioners of education –  who share a commitment to the joint pursuit of excellence and equity. To accelerate the impact of these visionary leaders, the program curriculum focuses on leadership development at multiple levels: self, team, organization, and society.

The tuition-free Fellowship is the successor program to The Broad Academy and will launch in the summer of 2021 with an inaugural cohort of 20 Broad Fellows. Learn more about this group of senior public education leaders here.

Program Structure

The Fellowship for Public Education Leadership is a tuition-free, non-degree program. Fellows will convene for in-person sessions 4 times over the course of a 10-month program from June through March. Each in-person session will run from Monday morning through midday Friday and will primarily take place in New Haven, CT at the Yale School of Management campus.


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Scott Gordon ’88 SOM, The Broad Academy 2014-15

"We need folks who can run things and manage things, but also have a heart for the work and understand that we're here for a purpose, and there's kids at the end of it." -Scott Gordon, The Broad Academy 2014-15

Application Information

Broad Fellows demonstrate an exceptional ability to produce results, a deep desire to grow their leadership, and a strong commitment to expanding access to a world-class public education for every American student. We believe that cohorts at The Broad Center at Yale SOM must reflect the diversity of the urban school communities where cohort members serve.

The inaugural cohort of 20 Fellows for the 2021-2022 program has been previously selected prior to the transition of The Broad Center to Yale School of Management.  Applicants have been chosen for their unique perspective and experience as well as their demonstrated impact and results. They are diverse by every definition of the word. Fellows come from households that struggled, backgrounds of privilege, immigrant families and high-need communities. Many are lifelong educators and public servants, and others have spent years as nonprofit advocates and socially-conscious business professionals. They share a common goal to put students first.

The application process for the Fellowship for Public Education Leadership will launch in 2021 for the program beginning in summer 2022. In the meantime, introduce yourself and submit your resume or LinkedIn profile for a pre-assessment to receive personalized feedback to help you determine if the Fellowship for Public Education Leadership is right for you.


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Our Campus

The Broad Center at the Yale School of Management is located in New Haven, Connecticut a place rich with history, culture, and community. Approximately 20 square miles with nearly 130,000 residents, New Haven has been called a “city of neighborhoods,” each with residential, shopping and recreation areas and distinctive histories. The city has a thriving arts and music scene, as well as a growing array of small businesses that are deeply connected to city residents and to the Yale community. New Haven is a hub for innovation, not only in business, but also in education. The New Haven Public School District has a student population of over 20,000 and remains one of the largest School Choice Programs in the State of Connecticut. 

Our home city is convenient to Boston and New York with easy access from Philadelphia and Washington. Yale SOM is located at 165 Whitney Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut, at the north east corner of Yale University’s campus. During sessions, accommodation will be provided for Fellows at a hotel in downtown New Haven, just steps from the heart of Yale University, the New Haven Town Green, and museums, restaurants, and shopping. 


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