The Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship, named after the first African American principal in DCPS, is an internal leadership pipeline dedicated to fulfilling the need for dynamic instructional leaders in our schools. Founded in 2013, the Patterson Fellowship has been cited by the Wallace Foundation and the Fordham Institute for its innovative approach to building a strong bench of district leaders.
Instructional Expertise: Has a track record of effective teaching and experience as an instructional leader
Culture of Feedback: Thrives on giving and receiving candid feedback and continually reflects on his/her practice
Commitment to Equity: Understands issues of race and class, how they affect student experiences, and marshals resources to ensure positive outcomes for all students
Servant Leadership: Approaches leadership with humanity, working to engage, empower, and support others
Growth Mindset: Believes in the potential for continuous learning and development in themselves and others, especially adults
Creative Problem-Solving: Goes above and beyond – devoting time, energy, and creativity – to address entrenched, systemic problems
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