Emerging Leaders Program

Working Hard, Being Nice, and Learning to Lead

a course for emerging leaders in KIPP Philadelphia Schools, and beyond


The transition from the classroom to school-wide leadership can be a scary leap.  It involves taking on new responsibilities, navigating informal social networks, and carrying the weight of a teams’ results on one’s shoulders.  The skills and mindsets that make teachers successful are not the same skills and mindsets of the successful school-wide leader.  It is our belief that, however elusive and intangible the elements of leadership may seem, the skills and mindsets that effective leaders embrace and cultivate are highly teachable.  And that is why we have developed the Emerging Leaders Program: to teach our city’s highest potential teacher-leaders the mindsets and skills of effective leaders before they start a full-time leadership role.

Course Goals

The two key goals of the Emerging Leaders Program are:

  1. To equip Emerging Leaders with a toolkit of strategies that they can apply to their teacher-leader situation and carry with them into their next role in school leadership. 
  2. To convene a community of practice in which Emerging Leaders have the opportunity to critically engage as learners with others  who are on the leadership journey beside them. 

Course Outcomes

At the end of our Emerging Leaders Program, participants will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Articulate one’s default leadership style and name how it interacts with others on your team. Extend your strengths and intentionally compensate for growth areas.
  • Build a high-performing team with trust as the foundation, and sustain it through rituals, routines, and clear expectations.
  • Identify how vulnerability is strength, and use it as a key leadership tactic to build trust and investment with your team.
  • Analyze your strengths and areas for growth, as well as those of the individuals on your team. Identify who is ready for stretch opportunities and delegate tasks as a means for enlisting others, prioritizing and executing.
  • Influence others to contribute to larger goal using the concepts of managing up, analyzing social networks, and nemawashi (the meeting before the meeting).
  • Analyze your time and how each micro-moment has the opportunity to be aligned to your larger goal.
  • Prepare for mental traps to avoid, including the curse of knowledge and the ladder of inference.
  • Design and execute a high-impact initiative within your current position, seeing it through from conceptualization through implementation.  

Ideal Candidates

  • Currently a classroom teacher with informal leadership responsibilities in their school, but do not directly manage their co-workers
    • Examples: team leader, grade-level chair, department chair
    • ELP does not currently offer programming for acting principals and assistant principals
  • Have a track record of high student achievement
  • Actively pursue other learning and development opportunities
  • Effectively collaborate in both a team member and leader role
  • Thoughtfully engage in curriculum and program questions, contributing to the evolution and sharing of best practices
  • Consistently model professional values

Session Dates

All sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 4:45-6:45pm on the following dates: October 19, 2016, November 16, 2016, December 21, 2016, January 25, 2017, February 22, 2017, March 29, 2017, and April 26, 2017.

Click here to complete the application - deadline is Friday, October 7th

For more information, please contact us at 215.294.8596

Emerging Leaders Program