To add to a list of career accomplishments, Katharine Delavan, the dean of Lake Erie College’s School of Education and Professional Studies, recently received a national leadership fellowship.
Deans for Impact named Delavan an Impact Academy fellow, an honor for which she was chosen based on her commitment to improving educator preparation, according to the release.
Deans for Impact is a national nonprofit organization that empowers, supports and advocates on behalf of leaders at all levels of educator preparation who are committed to transforming the field and elevating the teaching profession. The Impact Academy is a year-long fellowship for deans offering programming to build leadership capacity.
The 2018 cohort was limited to just 13 leaders, each of whom went through a rigorous nomination and application process. Delavan was one of the 13 leaders selected for this honor.
“We believe that transformative leadership is the cornerstone of an educator-preparation program that embraces an improvement mentality and prioritizes candidate learning above all else,” said Benjamin Riley, founder and executive director of Deans for Impact. “We’re thrilled to welcome 13 such leaders into the Impact Academy fellowship, and are excited to nurture and support these leaders as they embark on efforts to improve their own educator-preparation programs and the field more broadly.”
The Impact Academy fellowship combines intensive in-person sessions with ongoing support, mentoring, and individual learning. Fellows will kick off the year with a rigorous four-day academy in July and then extend their learning over the course of the fellowship through individual modules and ongoing leadership coaching from Deans for Impact member deans, according to the release.
“I’m excited to learn leadership strategies during the Impact Academy fellowship that will empower me to guide faculty in achieving our goal of building a teacher-preparation and professional development program for all teacher-candidates that is inclusive, collaborative and rigorous,” Delavan said.