School Leadership

School Leadership


  • Overview
  • Rural School Leadership Academy
  • Rural Principal Fellowship
  • School Leaders of Color Conference
  • Schools to Learn From

School Leadership


The national Alumni School Leadership team runs three specific programs to build readiness for aspiring school leaders and support alumni currently in school leadership roles.

Two of these programs focus on rural communities: the Rural Principal Fellowship and Rural School Leadership Academy.

Our third program is Schools to Learn From, which highlights four schools that demonstrate excellence in Teach For America’s core values and student results.

We also work with The Collective to bring together school leaders and aspiring school leaders of color at the annual School Leaders of Color Conference.

To learn more about any of these programs, please email

Rural School Leadership Academy


The demand for committed and effective school leaders in rural areas is very high. To respond to this need and the desire of alumni to be a part of long-term change throughout rural America, Teach For America developed the Rural School Leadership Academy (RSLA). 

RSLA supports alumni who are exploring school leadership early in their education careers. RSLA’s 2014 cohort included 20 alumni. RSLA will be expanding to 35 participants in 2015. Learn more.


Rural Principal Fellowship


The Rural Principal Fellowship is a principal preparation program for Teach For America alumni in rural regions who are two to three years away from taking on a principal role.

During this three-year, fully-funded fellowship participants earn a principal certification and their master’s degree in educational leadership (from a university partner). The fellowship also provides hands-on experience in leadership roles. The first cohort began in 2014 with four fellows representing three regions. Learn more.

School Leaders of Color Conference

Each winter, the Alumni School Leadership team partners with The Collective to host a weekend conference for alumni school leaders and aspiring school leaders of color from across the country. In February 2015, 300 school leaders and community partners convened in Atlanta for a weekend of professional development focused on improving instructional excellence while living out commitments to social justice. Learn more about The Collective or express your interest in attending future workshops.

Schools to Learn From


Schools to Learn From is a national program that exposes alumni to a wide variety of excellent schools while building a network of educators who can support each other. Learn more.

Alumni School Leader Spotlight

Meet our Team

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Greater New Orleans–Louisiana Delta 2001
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Chicago–Northwest Indiana 2007
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St. Louis 2005