The Detroit Children’s Fund Leaders Institute trains aspiring school leaders and their team to transform schools in Detroit.


Program Overview

We recruit talented educators and prepare them, with their hand-selected selected teams, to lead change in a variety of school improvement contexts. In addition, we provide ongoing, post-training coaching and support to ensure school improvement efforts are successful beginning in year one.


Leader’s Institute: What We Do

Leader’s Institute Residents are trained to lead change in various school improvement models.

Why Apply?

  • Learn personal & school leadership skills from experienced coaches with turnaround and new school design expertise
  • Get on-the-ground experience in placement networks during residency
  • Join a small cohort of like-minded future leaders


  • Highly competitive salary and benefits during training and placement years
  • Fully-funded administrative certification program, as needed

Who We’re Looking For

  • A track record of positive results for students
  • A clear vision for an engaging and rigorous culture of instruction
  • A growth mindset and the ability to translate feedback into action
  • A desire to take personal responsibility for every child’s success
  • A sense of urgency and dissatisfaction with the status quo

Selection Process

Phase 1: Initial screening of resume and written response to short answer prompts
Phase 2: Individual interview
Phase 3: School visit (classroom visits, in-depth debriefs, principal meeting, etc.)
Phase 4: Panel Interview
Partner Interview Process: Admission into DCF Leaders Institute is contingent upon being hired by a partner organization

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