Schools Served
SELF Fellows
Students Served


In 2015, the Special Education Leader Fellowship was created to meet the need for high-quality special educational programming in schools. Our 2-year Fellowship develops special education and RTI leaders, aspiring leaders, and their principals to create high-impact programs for students with learning differences.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of special education programming by developing highly skilled special education leaders in schools.

Our Approach

To ensure students with exceptionalities reach their potential, we develop special education leaders to build:
  • their technical expertise and leadership skills;
  • a shared belief in the potential of all young people;
  • partnerships with colleagues, external organizations, and parents; and
  • personal responsibility for student success.
  • Our Fellows

    Fellows work in high needs schools across the Greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

    Fellow Profile

    Fellows have various professional titles, but are special education or RTI leaders (coordinator, director, or other teacher leader) or aspiring leaders whose primary responsibility is the success of students with exceptionalities.

    Additionally, they have:

  • 2 years of teacher experience, as of first year in the Fellowship.
  • Teacher-leadership responsibilities (for example, leading team meetings, coaching other teachers, planning professional development, analyzing data to improve learning, co-planning, etc.)
  • Principal support to develop their professional competencies through the 2-year Fellowship.
  • A commitment of at least two years to their current school.
  • School Profile

    The Special Education Leader Fellowship serves public or private schools in the Greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. Special consideration is given to candidates working in public schools.