Leading and Learning

Great schools demand great leaders. Whether innovating in the classroom, leading their departments, coaching great instruction, or transforming the culture of a school, leadership is key to student achievement.

Leadership Fellows

Our year-long, twenty-day Leadership Fellows program is designed to give emerging school leaders in Hamilton County the skills and knowledge needed to participate in decision-making and school improvement. Serving around 30 educators per year, the program involves monthly workshops, job shadowing, school visits, mentoring, study groups, leadership projects, presentations and a portfolio. Leadership Fellows are chosen through a strict selection process by a committee that includes a principal, an HCDE Central Office employee, a PEF Director and a community representative.

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The PEF Leadership Fellows Initiative helps educators learn the skills to become good leaders, but it does not guarantee a position of leadership or promotion. The Hamilton County Department of Education selects and places all administrators in schools.

Congratulations to the 16th class of Leadership Fellows!

Download LF 16 Cohort PDF


Leadership Fellows is a partnership between PEF and the Hamilton County Department of Education.

For more information on the Leadership Fellows contact:

Chitra Chandrasekaran Leadership Program Associate

423.668.2422 • chitra@pefchattanooga.org