Apply Now for Next Cohort

Applications are now open for the PIE Network Leadership Institute’s fourth cohort. It is by far PIE Network’s most highly-rated opportunity, according to your peers that have experienced it so far. The Leadership Institute is a cohort-based, year long leadership opportunity focused on leading change in complex, political climates.

“Honestly, this was the closest to a paradigm shift I’ve personally experienced in terms of how I think about my approach to my work.”

Additional details about how and when to apply are below. Please reach out to Sarah if you have additional questions.

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What makes the Leadership Institute unique?

The Leadership Institute complements other Network opportunities (which tend to focus on policy topics in education) by reaching entirely outside of education for lessons from other sectors that sharpen advocacy strategy, pushing participants to think bigger about political influence.

Each of the three, three-day sessions provides a mix of case-based discussions of political campaigns, experiential learning opportunities, and connection to expertise related to the arts of influence and political strategy.

Past participants have reflected that the relationships built among their cohorts were as powerful as the content, and that they have created meaningful connections and lasting professional relationships that have extended well beyond the three meetings.

How do I apply?

Please contact Sarah Grunewald for application details. The deadline for submission is Monday, Oct. 16. We will notify applicants of acceptance ASAP but no later than Friday, Nov. 10. Please know that if we have more qualified applicants than we can accommodate in this round, we’ll consider the application at the next opportunity.

Who should apply?

The Leadership Institute is open to executive directors of PIE Network member and partner organizations, as well as individuals in strong “number two” positions. The experience is best suited for leaders who have distinguished expertise in advocacy, organizing, and policy in education, and are hungry for broader insights from other sectors that further sharpen their abilities as strategists and influencers. We’ll seek a balance in each cohort across the different types of organizations and approaches to advocacy, considering the depth and complexity of experiences and perspectives applicants bring to the mix.

If we have more applicants than we can accommodate, we’ll consider first the insights and qualifications put forth in potential participants’ applications. We’ll also consider the balance noted above, as well as the potential ideological, gender, ethnic, and geographic diversity that a potential participant will bring to the mix. (Note that organizations that have not yet participated will be prioritized over those that have, if demand is high.) We will also prioritize the participation of executive directors, but will ensure a mix of other roles in order to bring a range of perspectives. Finally, we’re seeking evidence of an applicant’s commitment to being a leader within the broader Network in an ongoing way; leaders and organizations that consistently engage and actively participate in other PIE Network opportunities will be considered some of the strongest applicants.

Because the Institute is designed to complement, not supplant, other PIE Network opportunities, please make sure you are applying in a year when you can add this extra time commitment to your calendar.

What is the time commitment?

By applying, potential participants commit to participating in all three sessions of the Institute. The dates for the fourth cohort are:

  • January 10-12, 2018: Los Angeles, CA
  • July 11-13,  2018: Minneapolis, MN
  • January 16-18, 2019: Nashville, TN

What does it cost?

All costs associated with the Institute (travel, hotel, etc.) will be covered by PIE Network. Participants are expected to fully invest their time and energy in each meeting.

What are people saying about the experience?

“The Leadership Institute pushes leadership beyond what business school case studies tell you and beyond what is traditionally done in education advocacy organizations. I feel like I have a tool box of ideas for approaching challenges in new ways.”

“… for me it was the importance of taking the time to reflect and think about my own practice that was the most valuable.”

“I draw on our improv and negotiation skills weekly. …  I do so many “tough” conversations differently because of this.”

“So much of this work is about relationships: I feel like I gained solid strategies and tactics for building bridges with folks.”

“100% leaving with these relationships that will make a difference and have made a difference in my work.”

“I have already approached working with my team and everyone in my organization differently, implementing “yes, and” in my conversations, using better negotiating tactics, changing “why” to “what” and so many other best practices I’ve learned in these meetings. The tools we learn have paid immediate dividends.”