Thank your for your interest in the Innovative Leaders Institute.
Applications must be submitted online and are due March 12, 2018.

Please be sure you are prepared to complete the entire application including uploading documents.  You will not be able to leave the application and come back to finish later.

Dates for the 2018-2019 ILI are: May 14 (evening) - May 16 (late afternoon), September 27, 2018, January 31, and April 25, 2019. There will be an optional session/networking event during the Connections to Education Conference in Columbus July 23-25. The May session will be in Columbus. Remaining locations are still to be determined.

The ILI is open to two-person teams of school leaders interested in or currently leading innovative schools or programs.  The team must include a principal or assistant principal plus an additional building-level leader.  Each applicant must complete the on-line application separately including uploading all required documents.

Fees for the ILI are $1,000 per person which includes most meals. Participants will be expected to cover the cost of travel to/from the ILI sites.  Application notifications will be delivered by March 30, 2018.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Stephanie Johnson at or 614-424-4841.

You will need the following information to complete your online application.
Personal Information
-Last name
-First name
-Preferred email address
-Preferred phone number
-Home address
-Home city
-Home state
-Home zip
-Highest degree earned
-Co-applicant last name
-Co-applicant first name

School Information
-Current position
-Number of years in current position
-Number of years as teacher
-Number of years as administrator
-School district name
-Superintendent (or equivalent) name
-Superintendent (or equivalent) email address
-Number of students in district
-School name
-Number of students in school
-School street address
-School city
-School state
-School zip code
-School designation

Essay Questions
1. What do you hope to gain personally and professionally as a participant in the Institute?
2. The Innovative Leader Institute is organized around three themes: school culture, curriculum, and staff. In which of these professional areas would you hope to grow the most through participation in the Institute? Why?
3. What are your three greatest leadership challenges and what are your three greatest leadership assets?

1. One letter of recommendation – no longer than one page – from your superintendent (or equivalent for charter schools) indicating why you should be considered as a candidate for the ILI.
2. Your current resume
Thank you for your interest in the Innovative Leaders Institute. Application decisions will be emailed by March 30. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Johnson at