Next Generation Leaders

One of the greatest needs identified by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Palestine is the training of future leaders. Arizona State University’s Next Generation Leaders Program met this challenge in a powerful way by engaging early and mid-career practicing educational leaders from a range of settings who wanted to transform and better their practice. The program taught education leaders how to enhance learning opportunities for students of all ages in Palestine, and thereby created a network of leaders capable of effecting change throughout the educational system.

The one-semester program at ASU included three major components:

  • Academic Program: A core academic program included a specific focus on three customized courses to equip leaders with key skills in applied research, teaching and learning, and educational leadership. Fellows developed long-term action research projects to address needs specific to their context in Palestine. Additionally, Fellows selected an elective from a menu of courses offered by the University’s renowned faculty and participated in seminars addressing issues such as gender, equity, and inclusion in schools.
  • Field Experiences: Field experiences were an integral component of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College's signature teacher and leader preparation programs founded on strong collaborations between school districts and the College. Fellows visited schools throughout the state of Arizona. Discussions about these visits, led by core course instructors, connected theory with the practices observed in schools. NGL Fellows also had opportunities to shadow experts in their specific fields and to hear from educational leaders during panel discussions and guest lectures.
  • Engagement in the Life of the University: During their residency, Fellows had opportunities to engage in the intellectual life of the University by attending lectures, research symposia, colloquia, and interdisciplinary events. The program also included cultural and civic events both on campus and embedded in the community including trips to the Heard Museum, the Grand Canyon, and Monument Valley in Arizona—all in an effort to deepen the Fellows’ understandings of Arizona's people, heritage, history, and geography and to foster an exchange of ideas, cultures, and traditions.

Upon their return to Palestine, the Next Generation Leaders shared and implemented their action research projects with the support of the Ministry of Education. They continue to receive on-going outreach from ASU faculty and staff through on-line meetings and in-person site visits in order to ensure their success.