The Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship 

DCPS Leadership Development Program for Aspiring Principals


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Mary Jane PattersonThis DCPS-inspired  leadership program will prepare talented, resilient, high potential DCPS employees for one of the most important roles of our time – the school principalship.

What is the fellowship?

  • DCPS leadership development program for aspiring principals
  • Will equip aspiring principals with knowledge and skill set needed to provide highly effective school leadership
  • Leadership cohort will complete an intensive learning journey aligned to DCPS LF Standards
  • Will launch in January 2013
  • Applications available in September 2012

Who is eligible for this fellowship?

Aspiring school leaders who are…

  • Student-centered
  • Visionary
  • Persistent and resilient
  • Courageous
  • Resourceful problem-solvers
  • Committed
  • Instructionally knowledgeable
  • Collaborative

How is the fellowship structured?

  • Structured, research-based program design aligned to best education and business practices
  • Cohort-based experiential leadership development
  • Rich, varied, skill-building learning designs
  • Purposeful residency
  • Additional detailed info to come August 2012

About Mary Jane Patterson

After becoming the first African American woman to earn a B.A., Mary Jane Patterson became a successful teacher and was later appointed as the first black principal at Paul Lawrence Dunbar, America’s first public high school for black students.

Her unequivocal belief in student learning and teacher development inspired the creation of a teacher – training program. 

Shaping the learning trajectory of students and teachers was at the core of Mary Jane Patterson’s belief system and continues to serve as a cornerstone of all that DCPS strives for today.

Information Sessions

Aug. 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Miner ES

Aug. 28, 6-7 p.m. at CHEC

Sept. 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Savoy ES

Contact Information

Email Rhoda Mhiri-Reed, Interim Director of the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship

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