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    While Latino children are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. school population, only 8% of teachers, 4% of board members, and 2% of senior education leaders are Latino (Fernandez, 2018). The majority of Latino Catholic school children, may never be instructed or led by a Latina/o teacher, principal, or administrator.

    Research shows that representation matters, and Latino leadership is essential. A shared student and teacher identity (home language, ethnicity, background knowledge, lived experiences, etc.) can lead to improved academic outcomes (Dixon, 2017). Additionally, “by exposing Latino children to more leaders who look like them, it helps them imagine what they want to become and can reinforce strong self-efficacy around the value of their identities and Latinidad. It’s been said ‘you can’t be what you can’t see.’” (Fernandez, 2018).


    The Alliance for Catholic Education and the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) have partnered to offer a new and exciting opportunity. The Latino Educator and Administrator Development (LEAD) program aims to strengthen the Latino voice in both the classroom and school level nationally. This initiative is designed to invite, advance, and retain Latino educators in Catholic schools, as well as develop a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that exist in this landscape.

    The LEAD program consists of a virtual welcoming gathering on July 22-24, 2020, followed by a one-year fellowship experience centered around:

    • COMMUNITY via networking
    • SPIRITUALITY through a retreat atmosphere
    • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT through presentations and workshops

    Fellowship teams, facilitated by a mentor, will work through a series of modules made available online each month. An additional opportunity for in-person fellowship will take place at the NCEA 2021 Convention and Expo in the spring. Participants will also gather for a culminating experience in July 2021 at the University of Notre Dame.

    The LEAD conference will begin with a virtual kick-off from July 22 - 24, 2020.


    Due to the generous support of an anonymous donor, the $1,600 fee of the LEAD program is being graciously underwritten. The LEAD Fellowship Scholarship covers the following expenses for cohort member's participation in the conference: summer 2021 experience (travel to campus, lodging for two nights in summer, all meals while on campus, and all materials). Additionally, the LEAD Fellowship Scholarship includes an experienced mentor who will work closely with the cohort member over the course of the academic year.

    We are looking for Latina/o educators who are passionate about improving educational opportunities for Latino children and have an interest in learning more about and pursuing leadership opportunities in Catholic schools.
  • Thank you for your interest in the inaugural LEAD conference! The application to join this year's cohort is now closed, but please check back in January 2021 if you're interested in joining our next cohort. 


    • January 15, 2020: Application opens with rolling admission
    • May 13, 2020: Application deadline
    • July 22-24, 2020: LEAD Summer Conference
    • August - May, 2020: Online Modules and Mentoring
    • July 2021: On Campus Conference

    For any questions, please contact Itzxul Moreno at or 574-631-2758.

Interested in LEAD?

Applications to join the 2021 LEAD cohort will open in January. 
If you know of a Latina/o educator who is interested in learning more about pursuing a leadership opportunity in Catholic schools, you can nominate them by clicking the link below and we will reach out to him or her.
If you have any questions, please contact Itzxul Moreno

LEAD 1: Important Dates

January 15, 2020: Application Opens
May 13, 2020: Application Deadline
July 22-24, 2020: Virtual Summer Conference
August - May, 2020: Online Modules and Mentoring
July 2021: On Campus Conference