Program Overview and FAQs

Program Description

The Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship is a 9-month program that supports Latino education leaders in New England, Houston, Dallas and the Bay Area to advance in their leadership journey and ultimately expand their sphere of influence in the education sector, so more of our students succeed. We support our Fellows through culturally responsive professional development and a strong network of Latino professionals locally with the ultimate goal of strengthening the following leadership competencies: 

  • Translating and communicating values into action through the Public Narrative framework. 
  • Understanding and leveraging Latino identity to develop professionally and increase influence in education. 
  • Growing as a Latinx educator as an agent of dismantling anti-blackness 
  • Building knowledge of a complex policy world to advocate for positive change for Latino students and families. 
  • Learning and using data-driven and research-based frameworks that can help improve educational outcomes.
  • Advancing and empowering one’s career to positively impact more students.

Fellowship Learning Goals

Fellowship Learning Goals

“I haven’t felt so connected and supported by a community since my arrival to the United States. My development as a professional and member of the Latinx community has been amplified by my experience in the fellowship.”

– Francina Victoria

Francina Victoria
“The fellowship provided a space for me to reflect on the many issues that impact educational opportunities for Latinos. It helped me realize our opportunity as a united cohort of Latino education leaders.”

– Marvin Gutierrez

Marvin Gutierrez
“Our stories are what connect us and move us forward. I am grateful for the Latinos for Education staff and the fellows for providing me the space, time and support to reflect on my experiences and develop my story in service of my students and families.”

– Jennifer Aponte

Jennifer Aponte


 We are accepting nominations for 2021 cohort of Aspiring Latino Leader Fellows. We encourage you to nominate someone you think would be great for this program by completing this form. Self nominations are accepted. You may submit multiple nominations.

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Pedagogy & Delivery Methods

Fellowship curriculum is developed through evidenced based research, education leadership frameworks, case studies, and landscape assessments of leadership competencies needed to thrive in leading across K-12. All session content is vetted by Latinos for Education’s expert staff and our external facilitators, as well as assessed for impact via diagnostic and summative surveys.

Fellows will learn throughout the Fellowship via panels and guest subject matter experts, research-based case discussions, interactive activities (surveys, discussions, reflections), learning communities, and career exploration. 

Program Dates

  • September 11 – 12, 2021: Weekend Retreat
  • October 8, 2021: Online Session
  • November 5, 2021: Online Session
  • December 3, 2021: Online Session
  • January 14, 2022: Online Session
  • February 4, 2022: Online Session
  • March 4, 2022: Online Session
  • April 1, 2022: Online Session
  • May 6, 2022: Online Session

Tuition and Scholarship Information  

How much do I have to pay out of pocket?  

$300. This covers Fellowship resources, facilitator costs, and additional program expenses for the 9-month experience. The fee is due when Fellows accept their offer to participate in the fellowship, around early-mid June. The remainder of the tuition is subsidized through Fellow’s employer and Latinos for Education scholarship support.

How is participation funded? 

Participation costs are covered through supplemental financial support from your organization. Tuition is $7,750 and includes all trainings, retreats and materials. We are committed to keeping tuition costs accessible to applicants, and as such, the out-of-pocket expenses for Fellows is capped at $300 to participate in the program. Additionally, external foundations and grants supplement the Fellowship program and logistics expenses.

I have more questions – who can I contact?

For additional information, contact National Programs Director, Dr. Rick Rodriguez, at 

Applicant Profile

What is the professional background of Fellows?

  • Employed by a Public School District, CMO, or Private K-12 education organization
  • Currently in a mid-level to senior-level leadership position (campus or central office)

What are the personal characteristics of Fellows?

  • Identify as Latinx or Afro-Latinx
  • Minimum 8 years of professional experience
  • Commitment to education equity for Latinx students within their local ecosystem and nationally.
  • Desire to learn, grow, and expand their sphere of influence.
  • Personification of Latinos for Education’s core values.
  • Openness to new ideas and alternative perspectives of education leadership.


We are hosting two information sessions where we will provide interested applicants insight into two of our fellowship programs and the application/selection process. This is an opportunity to learn from staff and alumni regarding the Fellowship experience and have your questions answered. RSVP Today!

  • Tuesday, March 30th at 5:30pm EST
  • Friday, April 30th at 12:30pm EST
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