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We are re-opening applications due to our new partnership with Howard University! Applications due December 31, 2022

Winter 22-23 Cohort 


You can expect to learn from these incredible instructors during the Winter 22-23 Cohort. Guest speakers will join us throughout the ten weeks to add a variety of perspectives, insight, and guidance.

sarena shivers

Dr. Sarena Shivers, Head Instructor

Deputy Executive Director of Professional Learning & Member Services, Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators

Traci Davis

Traci Davis, Instructor

Superintendent Emeritus

Why IEI:Lead?

IEI: Lead's Aspiring Superintendents Institute aims to prepare educational leaders for the role of superintendency through mentorship, collaboration, and further development of the necessary leadership skills to run a K-12 district.

Over the course of 10 weeks, participants will gather virtually once a week for 2-hour sessions led by prominent superintendents and thought leaders. Each session will dive deeper into various aspects of the job that are not always widely discussed. Topics will range from organizational/operational planning to fostering relationships with board members and stakeholders to HR and talent management systems. Participants will be invited to two in-person national IEI Summits with sitting superintendents, district leaders, and edtech partner companies.

Cohort members will walk away with a network of district leaders and notable mentors, a deeper understanding of what superintendency entails, and a stronger sense of who you are as a leader in education.  

IEI:Lead Program Objectives:

  • Build your network & gain ongoing support
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your leadership style & strengths
  • Develop the skills necessary for a superintendency
  • Practice your skills with mock board interviews & brush up your resume with tips and tricks to get you noticed 
  • Partake in role-playing real-life scenarios and simulations

Program Overview

  • Weekly online classes will be held Nov 29-Feb 28 (with breaks during the holidays) from 6:30-8:30 pm EST every Tuesday.
  • Participants will be invited to a culminating event/graduation celebration in San Antonio, TX.
    • Feb 28-March 2: Final classes and culminating event
    • Mar 2-4: Opportunity to join IEI National Winter/Spring Summit

Tuition: $5000 for non-IEI members; $4,500 for IEI member districts

*IEI covers some meals, reception, and programming for the in-person classes. Travel and boarding costs are not included in the tuition.

Final IEI Lead 22-23 speakers

Cohort Member Testimonials

"It's an incredible opportunity to learn, grow, network & apply essential strategies that lead participants to better understand the multifaceted role of superintendents within varied settings around the country." 

- George Guy Jr., Principal of Rosa International Middle School, Cherry Hill Public Schools, Fall '21 Cohort

"The IEI Lead Cohort has been a powerful learning opportunity as a developing leader. Hearing from seasoned Superintendents about their experiences helps me know how to better support my Superintendent/Cabinet as well as refine my own approach to district leadership!"

- Blake McGaha, Executive Director of Services for Exceptional Children, Fulton County School System, Fall '21 Cohort

"[IEI:Lead provides] practical learning & leadership development that can be used not only for future Superintendent roles, but for your current role [as well]."

- Michael Ramirez, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Denver Public Schools, Fall '21 Cohort

"Being able to connect with other leaders in a similar position and to learn from those with experience as a superintendent has been incredibly valuable. Being able to see and learn about different ways to handle and address issues that impact everyone in public education has been a great experience. While everyone's situation is different in many ways, we all seem to be dealing with and addressing a lot of the same problems."

- Josh Young, Assistant Superintendent of Administration, School District of Pickens County, Fall '21 Cohort