Leadership Development Efforts

Why Develop New Leaders?

SEF recognizes a serious leadership crisis in our nation, where fewer people today are extending their voices to the plight of the poor or feel they can make a difference in the complex pre-K to higher educational systems of today.  Since W.E.B DuBois served as one of its first fellows, SEF has established a variety of leadership development efforts focused on lifting up the next generation of innovators, thinkers, and leaders to become more effective change agents in education.


Racial Equity Leadership Network (RELN) 

The Racial Equity Leadership Network aims to strengthen the capacity of district leaders to address disparities in learning and opportunity for low-income students and students of color, believing absent meaningful change in policy and practice, the current student outcomes will remain unchanged. Through the leadership development experience, leaders will become more knowledgeable, skilled, and effective in leading and sustaining reform, connected to data, policy analysis, effective practice, and coaching. Learn more about the initiative's goals and focus, benefits, and application.

Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI)

For a decade, SELI has provided trainings and paid summer fellowships to a diverse and inspired group of 185 college and graduate level students interested in working with nonprofit organizations to make systemic changes in education policy and practice.  Learn more about the 2015 SELI Application, placement site opportunities, and alumni services.

Higher Education Doctoral Internship

Since 2012, SEF’s higher education program has provided outstanding doctoral students a unique opportunity to intern at SEF for the summer and be exposed to career and developmental learning opportunities in the nonprofit higher education sector. Find out more about program highlights and the 2015 application process.

Fellows For Innovation and Change

In 2013, SEF initiated a three-year fellowship opportunity for a cross-section of talented and active professionals interested in developing cutting-edge research, policy solutions, and innovative practices to improve outcomes of all students from pre-kindergarten to higher education.  Learn more about the goals of this effort and the first fellows of the initiative.
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