ISLI Fellowships

India School Leadership Institute aims to create a pipeline of exceptional school leaders to direct schools that commit to academic achievement and character development of children from underserved communities. Its curriculum combines experiential and theoretical learning and draws from research and the best practices in leadership development.
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2013
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India School Leadership Institute
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State/Province: 
Delhi , Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh
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Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Bombay
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India School Leadership Institute (ISLI) aims to create a pipeline of exceptional school leaders to direct high-quality schools for children from underserved communities. ISLI trains existing and aspiring school leaders through two fellowships offered at the national and local or city levels.

The National Fellowship was launched in 2013. It has been designed for leaders who have comprehension of basic school and management structures but want to undergo an intensive program to further enhance their skills and develop their schools into models where low-income students achieve exemplary learning outcomes and character values. The National Fellowship aims to establish the benchmark for school leadership training in India. The curriculum draws from international research and the best practices and includes elements of theoretical and experiential learning.

Experiential learning will take place at the residences, where fellows are hosted at high-performing schools and have the opportunity to shadow their principals and observe best practices in school management firsthand. Residences will be followed by intersessions where fellows can synthesize their learnings into concrete plans that will be implemented in their schools. Finally, as the program is implemented in conjunction with the school year, fellows are able to implement their learning in their schools while receiving real-time feedback and coaching from ISLI faculty. Fellows are trained in six key leadership competencies, including personal leadership, operational leadership, instructional leadership, leadership for equity, leadership for results, and people leadership.

In 2014, ISLI will launch its first City Fellowship for existing school leaders of affordable private schools in Delhi. The curriculum and programming for the City Fellowships will be modeled on the National Fellowship. All sessions will be conducted locally and in the local language.

Highlighting Innovation: 
ISLI is one of the country’s only organizations focussed on school leadership development in low income private schools. Our curriculum has been created specifically to address the challenges faced by educators in this space, and is constantly evolving.