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Application Information


All applicants are urged to review information about our previous co-horts of the Leadership Academy.  There you will find biographies for the fellows, the agendas and presentations from the in-person sessions, and links to the books and readings the fellows are considering.  Applicants should also look closely at the policy brief by Stacie Goffin, Building Capacity Through an Early Education Leadership Academy and explore the following:

Selection Criteria and Requirements

The applicant:

  • Has state authority over policy, funding, and/or staff implementing programs for children birth-3rd grade
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to growing their leadership skills
  • Can articulate personal and professional goals
  • Can meaningfully assess personal strengths and areas for growth
  • Committed to building human and organizational capacity to move forward agency’s early childhood education policy agenda
  • Can identify agency goals for improving programs and advancing its vision for Birth – 3rd grade reform
  • Presents a strong proposal for a job embedded policy-related project

The applicant must provide the following:

  • Signed approval for release time for 4 in-person meetings
  • Signed approval to travel out of state
  • Formal commitment to phone meetings with assigned coach
  • Personal dedication to leadership and management development
  • Completion of a job-embedded, policy-related project associated with your agency’s vision for early learning
  • Membership in NAECS-SDE if accepted as a CEELO Leadership Academy participant
  • Assurance that flights to all meetings will be provided by the applicant’s agency
  • Willingness to be part of an Academy alumni group that contributes to future leadership academies

The application cycle usually begins in April-May with applications due at the end of June.  Successful candidates are notified September 1.