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 LONE ROCK RETREAT | JUNE 24 -26, 2024 



We believe a broad coalition is needed to reimagine the role and manner of education in society and to realize Pahara’s mission to strengthen and sustain values-driven leaders who are transforming public education so that every child is prepared to lead a free and fulfilling life. We, therefore, aim to curate and select cohorts that are diverse across many lines of difference in background, perspective, orientation, and experience, including political leaning. Building an inclusive, politically diverse community where everyone feels included and experiences belonging has not been easy. This is not only a Pahara challenge, it’s a challenge being experienced in organizations and spaces around our field and nation. We are undeterred and remain deeply committed to diversity of political thought in our cohorts and broader network, and to engaging our community in determining the way ahead.

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Consultancies have long been a part of the Pahara experience, where Fellows within and across cohorts gather to support each other on problems of practice. We are convening a consultancy with a diverse, conservative-identifying coalition of Paharans who are interested in partnering with us toward the end of strengthening our collective commitment to fostering inclusion and belonging across multiple vectors of difference in our community, including political difference. In addition to conversations on this problem of practice, Fellows will have opportunities to connect with each other; reflect on the values and beliefs that are foundational to conservative political thought and the tension of holding multiple truths while standing in one’s own truth; co-create strategies and messaging around equity that is inclusive and generative; and, craft a bold vision for building a politically diverse Pahara community.



​Twenty-four Pahara Fellows from across our network who identify as right of center, center right, or libertarian, plus members of the Pahara Team. We anticipate spots filling quickly, and we will employ a waitlist once seats are filled.

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Prior to the seminar, please direct all logistical questions to


Start: 5:30 pm MT, Monday, June 24, 2024 (Arrival in DEN by 3 pm)

End: 12:00 pm MT, Wednesday, June 26, 2024 (Departures from DEN after 3 pm)


Lone Rock Retreat

64797 US HWY 285

Bailey, CO 804210

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    Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and, while they are not required for entry into the Fellowship, they are critical to our ability to identify exceptional leaders from across the education ecosystem. Ideally, a nominator knows enough about the leader’s work to share their thoughts on why they would be an excellent choice for the Fellowship. Each nominee is notified and invited to submit an application for consideration. We believe that a broad, diverse coalition is needed to reimagine the role and manner of education in society. While the Fellowship is open to all education leaders who meet our selection criteria, we are particularly seeking to identify innovative leaders of nonprofit schools and from organizations serving nonprofit schools, and leaders bringing perspectives from across the political spectrum. We are sensitive to the ways sponsorship practices can disadvantage women and Black, Indigenous and leaders of color who are less likely to have sponsors. When thinking of incredible changemakers to bring to our attention, we encourage nominators to consider leaders from within and outside of their close circles.
    Leaders who meet our program criteria are welcome to apply to the Fellowship, with or without a nomination. The application is an essential and required part of the process, and allows candidates to share information about their work and leadership, alignment with our selection criteria, and how they most hope to benefit from participation in this powerful development experience. For applicants advancing beyond this stage, this information serves as rich background information on which to base deep, reflective dialogue during interviews taking place during candidate consideration. While the Fellowship is open to all education leaders who meet our selection criteria, we are particularly seeking to identify innovative leaders of nonprofit schools and from organizations serving nonprofit schools, and leaders bringing perspectives from across the political spectrum.
    During this stage, we seek to understand candidates’ motivations and challenges, learn more about their background and leadership journey, and determine candidates’ willingness and ability to negotiate the multiple domains of difference that contribute to the tapestry of Pahara cohorts. Candidates participate in a 90-minute virtual interview with a Pahara Fellow or a member of Pahara staff via Zoom. This conversation also provides candidates an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Fellowship. The interview is followed by referencing carried out by our team. This includes reviewing feedback provided by the three references named by the candidate, and checking for potential conflicts of interest amongst candidates being selected into the same cohort. We may also reach out to Fellows in our community who are familiar with a candidate’s work to understand the full scope of their leadership. Given the degree of openness and vulnerability expected in this phase of our process, information shared with us by candidates or in the reference process is held with the highest degree of confidentiality.
    Once we have identified a pool of values-driven leaders who have demonstrated readiness throughout the selection process, we begin the careful, complex process of curating cohorts. We aim for cohorts that are inclusive of the breadth of our humanity across multiple domains of difference, including socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious affiliation, and political ideology. Cohorts are also distinctive in their inclusion of leaders from various organization models, multiple sectors in education, different geographic regions, and various leadership roles. This careful cohort curation is critical, as the cohort is the container within which the personal and professional transformation Pahara is most known for occurs. Cohort dialogue is confidential and both professional and personal in nature. We seek to foster an environment that celebrates the lived experiences of all of our Fellows.
    We strongly believe curating a myriad of perspectives in each group is a vital component of the program’s value and impact on participants. We receive many more nominations and applications than we have available seats in each cohort, and because of this level of demand, we are sometimes unable to select leaders who meet our selection criteria. When a candidate meets the selection criteria but is not placed, we encourage them to opt-in to be considered for a future cohort, which can take time. It is not uncommon for a Pahara Fellowship candidate to be considered for a few years before being selected or released.
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