Cultivating Leaders for Equity & Inclusion Workshop
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We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2022 Cohort! Sessions will begin March 8, 2022

Spring 2022 Cohort 


These are just some of the incredible instructors you can expect to learn from during the Spring 2022 Cohort session. Guest speakers will be joining us throughout the 10-weeks to add a variety of perspectives, insight, and guidance.

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Dr. Sarena Shivers, Head Instructor

Traci Davis

Traci Davis, Instructor

Dr Anthony Hamlet

Dr. Anthony Hamlet, Instructor

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Dr. Clayton Wilcox, Instructor

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.

At the end of the 10-week course, we will host a culminating event in person on April 22-24, 2022 in Coronado, CA for our instructors and cohort members to meet, network, and collaborate further. This will be taking place a few days prior to our Spring 2022 Summit and cohort members will be invited to stay to join us as a guest at our summit where you can mingle with superintendents and district leaders from across the country that are part of our organization.

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.  

A few things to consider:

  • 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

Tuition: $3,500 (discount available for IEI Member districts)

Past Instructors


From left to right: Dr. Melvin Brown, Superintendent at Reynoldsburg City Schools, Dr. Sarena Shivers, Deputy Executive Director of Professional Learning & Member Services, Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators, Mr. Tom Burton, Superintendent at Princeton City Schools, Ms. Traci Davis, Superintendent Emeritus at Washoe County School District 

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

"I have found the content engaging and focused on exactly the areas of leadership in which I was looking to sharpen my skills. The interaction with the others in the group has been strong and well structured." 

- Janet Ciarrocca, Acting Superintendent, North Brunswick Township Public Schools, 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

IEI: Lead Sponsored Events

Upcoming Event

IEI: Lead is proud to sponsor workshops and symposiums that are grounded in the work of elevating educators to diversify the administration at the top. Educational leadership should be a microcosm of the students found in classrooms all around the country. Our students should see themselves reflected in the leaders serving their districts. Join us this summer with Dr. Luvelle Brown, Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Dr. Mark Bedell, and Traci Davis as we further explore Cultivating Leaders for Equity and Inclusion. Click below to learn more:

Cultivating Leaders for Equity & Inclusion Workshop

Past Events

Fall 2021 Cohort's Culminating Event

Cleveland, OH

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