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DECEMBER 1, 2022 | 9AM-10:30AM PT/12PM-1:30PM ET

At Pahara, we want to realize the power of our incredible network and catalyze Fellow-driven, systems-changing action that but for the Pahara community, might not have been conceived. We hope that by amplifying Fellows’ work, connecting you to one another, and convening on relevant topics, we will continue to generate what we’re calling “Network Effect”.


Through our network surveys and successful pilot programs, you, the Fellows, continue to name how best to support the work of those changing American public education and address top leadership needs in the field.

To meet these needs, we are once again offering Virtual Consultancies. Last year's virtual consultancies pilot yielded the following positive results:



  • Convene with other Fellows on relevant topics of interest

  • Gain thought partnership from the confidential brain trust of values-aligned leaders in our sector

  • Provide support to other leaders in our Network

  • Meet other values-aligned leaders who are wrestling with similar leadership problems of practice


Date & Time:

Thursday, December 1, 2022

9am - 10:30am PT / 12pm - 1:30pm ET


You are likely already familiar with consultancies from your Fellowship. Each consultancy will be focused on a specific topic and include one “presenter” and a group of “peer consultants”. The “presenter” will prepare a problem of practice and question related to the group’s topic.


During the consultancy, the “presenter” will share this question and problem of practice with the group. The “peer consultants” will then have time to discuss the question together while the “presenter” listens. After the group discussion, the “presenter” will have an opportunity to share takeaways and reflections. 


Topics included this year are:

  • Growth & Scaling

  • Succession Planning

  • Fundraising Strategies

  • Early Stage CEOs & COOs


    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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