Indiana School Leader Fellowship

A Professional Development Program Sponsored by The Oaks Academy

A yearlong experience designed to inspire, inform and connect
school leaders so that their schools flourish.
Learn More About The Fellowship
School Classroom
Play Video

The Indiana School Leader Fellowship supports the belief that great schools require great leaders. By bringing together a group of leaders who want to continue learning, rich content and peer relationships serve as an anecdote to packed schedules and the tyranny of the urgent. Past participants report appreciation for the practicality of the material and the diversity of perspectives. 

The ISLF Learning Model

Full days to focus on values-based leadership, culture alignment and decision making. 

Collaborate with other leaders and experts who have broad school experience and perspective.

Receive support and encouragement alongside accountability. 

Industry-leading Hogan assessments provide insights into leadership strengths and concerns, and behavior-motivating core values. 

Reflections From Fellows

Fellowship sessions have brought clarity and inspired introspection.  The discussions are full and rich…I’ve come away feeling empowered to lead and guide with greater thoughtfulness, wisdom, and an intentionality.


Amy Hedges

Our Shepherd Lutheran School
Avon, Indiana | Fellow Class II

I highly recommend the fellowship as one of the best ways I’ve found to develop professionally as a school leader…a tremendous opportunity that has increased my effectiveness and in turn, helped my school to flourish.


Matt Moore

Annunciation Catholic School – Christ the King
Evansville, Indiana | Fellow Class II

We are just finishing the first part of the fellowship and I am already finding the investment of time to be a valuable experience – both for the presented content and for the opportunity to spend meaningful time learning from other school leaders.

Eric Oglesbee

South Bend Montessori High School
South Bend, IN | Fellow Class III
Program Leadership
Andrew N. Hart, Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Hart is the Chief Executive Officer of The Oaks Academy, a network of three faith-based, voucher-funded schools. Andrew is responsible for oversight of the operating budget, fundraising, curriculum development and administration. Prior to his role as CEO, he served as The Oaks’ Head of School and, earlier in his career, worked in Marketing Strategy and Business Development at Eli Lilly and Company.

Andrew was a founding board member of Herron High School and is a member of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. He has an undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University, and a Master’s Degree from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Chris Bittinger is the founder of Open Pivot, Inc., which delivers professional training, executive coaching and strategic planning to clients in numerous industries, including professional services, nonprofit, legal, construction, manufacturing, healthcare and education. With over 20 years of experience, Chris has successfully coached over 750 executives, managers and sales leaders.

Chris is a past board member for Cathedral High School. He also founded the school’s Emerging Leaders initiative, which focuses
on leadership succession planning. He holds a Bachelor of Science
in Education from Butler University and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and is certified with Hogan Leadership Assessments, MG Rush Workshop Facilitation and the Strong Interest Inventory.

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor provides program support to the Indiana School Leader Fellowship and The Oaks Academy’s Advancement team. She is a United States Air Force veteran and former pilot, with a cumulative 22 years active duty and reserve service.

Katie volunteers with several Indianapolis schools and nonprofits. She has a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University.

Enrollment Details - Updated 3/26/2020

At this time, there are no changes to the Indiana Educator Fellowship schedule for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Anyone in school leadership, including principals, heads of school, school founders, assistant principals and deans are encouraged to apply. Class capacity is set at 15 fellows, with an open deadline due to recent disruptions related to Covid-19. 

Tuition of $2750 includes all materials, assessments, one-on-one consulting and meals for residency days. ISLF is eligible for Title II funding. Needs-based scholarships are available. 

Please note that the online application process includes uploading a letter introduction written by a collegue, highlighting the applicant’s involvement in education and the potential impact of the fellowship on their school. The letter is addressed to the ISLF Leadership Team. 

Apply Using Form Below

Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis with a class capacity of 15 fellows. 

powered by Typeform
Have an Inquiry?

Contact Andrew Hart at leaders@theoaksacademy.org or 317.931.3043.

For information on the Indiana Teacher Renewal Fellowship, also sponsored by The Oaks Academy, click here

Have Questions?

Change is always challenging, especially when it may effect your children. Please share any questions or comments you have using the form below, or by emailing me directly at ahart@theoaksacademy.org.

I’ll respond to your inquiry directly and as quickly as I can.