In Summer 2021, supported by a generous 1:1 matching grant from the E.E. Ford Foundation, we launched FORGE, a new professional learning experience. FORGE is designed for school leaders who see possibilities and seek to shape solutions and refine them in a community of fellow educators dedicated to reflective practice, professional growth, and positive change in their schools. The program begins with a multi-day online learning experience and continues through the academic year with coaching and peer mentoring as participants take practical steps to implement change.
In FORGE, we recognize that transformation is not effortless. It takes strength, vision, determination, reflection, and iterations of hard work. It involves a process of shaping, reshaping, and refining to create the finished work. Like the blacksmith, educators stand in a forge – of ideas about and practices of teaching, learning, and leading. By refining our vision, honing our practices, and reflecting on and adjusting our actions, we can shape ourselves and our schools in remarkable ways.
As a participant in FORGE, you will select a problem of practice or area that presents an opportunity for growth in the work you do in school. Through the FORGE week-long summer workshop, you'll build capacities needed to initiate and sustain change, connect with a cohort of like-minded educators who will support you on your journey, and hone your plan for pursuing your opportunity for meaningful change. Through the year, your FORGE community of coaches and members of your guild - a small group of fellow participants - will scaffold your work and provide guidance and peer-mentoring as you work toward your goal.
Participation in FORGE is open to leaders from independent, international, private, parochial, and charter schools. A short application is required. If selected, the registration fee is $1000.
Application are currently closed. To be notified when application open for FORGE 2022, please complete the Contact Us Form and specify FORGE as your program of interest.