Institute for Leadership Impact


Transformed systems require transformational leadership.

The transition from bureaucratically-defined education systems to dynamic learning organizations requires a new model of leadership development. We work with public school superintendents, independent school leaders, and teachers to develop and sustain effective, transformational leadership practices.

Our educational leadership offerings include year-long fellowships, shorter courses, seminars, and custom solutions tailored to your organization.

District Leadership Fellows Program

“[As a District Leadership Fellow, I found] the unique and genuine opportunity of sitting around a table with colleagues that have similar needs, that have experience that they can offer.”

–Dr. Chris Moran

Superintendent, Whitehouse ISD

The superintendents of rural school districts occupy a complex leadership role. They're responsible for setting a vision, executing a strategy, and motivating those around them. To help rural superintendents enhance their leadership capacity in these areas and beyond, the Institute for Leadership Impact developed the District Leadership Fellows program, which aims to provide district leaders with the tools and peer support they need to respond to their unique challenges more effectively. In this year-long program, superintendents have the chance to:

  • Use leadership assessments to analyze and develop their leadership styles.
  • Network with and learn from adiverse cohort of peers.
  • Explore and develop their leadership strengths through experiential activities, an applied learning project, and peer feedback.
  • Collaboratively reflect on challenges unique to their position.
  • Apply what they have learned to a challenge within their districts and receive feedback from their cohort.
  • Engage with a variety of SMU faculty and leading education experts.
Interested in participating in the next cohort? Contact us.
District Partners

Big Sandy ISD, Bullard ISD, Chapel Hill ISD (Titus County), DeKalb ISD, Flatonia ISD, Harts Bluff ISD, Harleton ISD, Hawkins ISD, Jefferson ISD, La Poynor ISD, Lindale ISD, New Boston ISD, New Summerfield ISD, North Hopkins ISD, Pewitt ISD, Quitman ISD, Sulphur Bluff ISD, Sulphur Springs ISD, Van ISD, Wells ISD, Westwood ISD, and Whitehouse ISD

Center for Transformational Leadership

School & Classroom Leadership

The Center for Transformational Leadership (CTL), founded in partnership with Parish Episcopal Schools, provides a suite of flexible learning experiences to unite leaders with common interests.

To learn more and register for courses, visit the Center for Transformational Leadership’s website 

Custom Solutions for Your Organization

Your goals and challenges are unique. That’s why we don’t offer a one-size-fits-all approach. We work with you to determine the best way to support you and your organization’s work. Our programs include an array of didactic, experiential, individual, and team-based leadership experiences, all tailored to help you create the impact you desire.

To learn more, contact Associate Director Lauren Shook at 214.457.5305 or