This 10-month executive coaching program supports Catholic school leaders who are in the process of renewing their schools. The participants in the cohort will benefit from the personal mentorship of two veteran Catholic educators with over five decades of combined experience with the Church’s vision of liberal arts education. Since a significant benefit of the program is the experience and commitment of the cohort itself, participants in the School Leaders Academy will be selected through an application process.
Due to the popularity of the program we will be expanding to two concurrent cohorts. Secure your spot today!
The course will focus on ICLE’s Five Pillars of School Leadership:
FORMAT: The program will begin with a mandatory online orientation retreat in August. Subsequent meetings will take place on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 60-90 minutes each. Participants will also receive a monthly half-hour, one-on-one coaching call with a program leader. As an added bonus, this year the cohorts will be invited for a group visit to a flagship member school.
APPLICATION PROCESS: The cohorts will be determined on an application basis. Preference will be given to those who display a sincere desire to learn and grow and whose experience will contribute to the collective wisdom of the cohorts. Rolling admission.
1. Paid in full by the beginning of the program
2. Monthly automatic payment plan begun before the program start date and concluded by the program end date.
Cancellations received at least 60 days in advance of the start of the program will be honored with a full refund for any payments made. Cancellations received at least 30 days in advance will receive a 50% refund for any payments made. Program cancellations received less than 30 days in advance or after the program begins will receive no refund for any payments made. Please allow up to 30 days for a refund to be processed by ICLE.
We have found that many benefactors, having led successful initiatives of their own, appreciate the importance of intensive leadership development and quality mentorship. With that in mind, we are happy to assist accepted applicants in acquiring funding by providing sponsorship letters, promotional materials, referrals, etc.
Partial, needs-based scholarships are available for vowed religious and educators interested in participating in this program. Partial, needs-based scholarships are available for vowed religious and educators interested in participating in this program. To request a scholarship, please complete this scholarship request form.
MEET YOUR MENTORS:
Rosemary Vander Weele – Program Leader and Principal Trainer for Monthly Sessions
Rosemary was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She earned an undergraduate degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville and graduate degrees in Catholic Leadership from the Augustine Institute and Education Administration from Regis University. In 2011, after teaching middle school English and history for seven years, Rosemary was appointed principal of Our Lady of Lourdes, which at the time had less than 100 students and was identified for closure the following year. At the encouragement of then-Auxiliary Bishop James Conley, she led the school through a renewal in the Catholic liberal arts that resulted in a return to maximum enrollment within seven years and the addition of a second campus in the fall of 2018. Rosemary now serves as President of Our Lady of Lourdes, overseeing the continued development of both campuses.
Michael J. Van Hecke, M.Ed. – High School Leader Mentor and Contributing Commentator in Monthly Sessions
Michael is the President and Founder of The Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. He has been a Catholic educator for 30 years, most recently serving as Headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura for 20 years. He received a B.A. in classical Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. He is President and Publisher of the Catholic Textbook Project, a company producing the first history textbooks specifically for Catholic Schools in nearly 50 years. As a consultant and speaker, Michael loves to share his passion for Catholic liberal education across the country. When not doing that, he enjoys life with his wife doting on grandchildren and tending on their avocado ranch in bucolic Santa Paula, California.