Civic Voices Fellowship

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We are looking for challengers, champions, and change-makers.

If you are an irrational optimist with the heart and the courage to use your voice to influence systemic change in education, we are looking for you.

An ideal candidate for our Fellowship:

  • Passionately defends the potential of all kids

  • Has demonstrated leadership ability and commitment to civic engagement

  • Employs creativity and purposeful obstinance in the face of challenges or failures

  • Views tension and discomfort as natural precursors to growth

  • Willingly explores the implications of race and poverty on educational outcomes

If it sounds like you could fit in here, we invite you to join our movement. You can find our application here.

If you want to have a deeper understanding of our local public education successes and challenges, and meet a cohort of phenomenal people making a difference in this space, this is the program for you.
— Joe Carreon (Dallas '17), Lawyer

Civic Voices Fellowship Commitments

We know that our Fellows are busy professionals and civic leaders who have many responsibilities. We pledge to use our time together with utmost efficiency and maximum meaning so we can achieve remarkable results in limited time. Your presence in the Fellowship is not just about what you will get out of the program, it is about what you will give. As a Fellow you will be 1/40 of the cohort, and a session will be incomplete without you there.

Attend Orientation and monthly Friday seminars.
Each session runs from 9am – 4pm. Dallas Schedule | Harris Schedule | Tarrant Schedule

Complete pre-session work.
Pre-session materials will be posted at least a week before a meeting, should take no more than 2 hours to complete, and will provide background information on the upcoming session topic.

Attend a school board briefing/meeting.
Board meetings are held by school districts each month. You may attend a board meeting for any district in the county.

Attend at least 3 school site-visits.
Around 20 different opportunities for campus visits will be scheduled throughout the program year. You will be required to participate in 3 of them, which are generally scheduled on a weekday morning and last about 1.5 hours.

Participate on an Action Team.
The cohort will be broken up into small action teams focused on helping to propose, pass, or evaluate a policy to eliminate disparities and improve student outcomes. The time commitment will vary depending on the scope and timeline of the project, but will be around 3-5 hours per month.


Leadership ISD is a tuition based program with the fee structure listed below. Historically, employers pay the tuition fee for Fellows as part of their professional development, however scholarships are available for individuals in need of financial assistance. Leadership ISD works hard to make sure that tuition cost is not a barrier to participation. Scholarship applications do not factor into Fellow selection and are sent out after we have selected our cohort.

  • Tuition is $1,500

  • Reduced tuition of $1000 is available for individuals employed by non-profit organizations