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Emerging Leaders Fellowship

A one-year professional formation experience designed explicitly for early-career school Principals and aspiring School Leaders.

The Emerging Leaders Fellowship seeks to provide the next generation of school leaders with the skills, strategies and networks to shape and lead transformational Catholic schools. The fellowship is organized around The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) three pillars of  Professional Development, Community and Spiritual Growth.  

This year, in partnership with the CPSMA and the SCES, we will welcome a select cohort of 18 talented emerging leaders from Ireland and Scotland for a series of innovative courses in the  major domains of Catholic school leadership: Instructional Leadership, Executive  Management, School Culture, and Integrated Leadership. The programme, consisting of 3 weekend seminars (Friday evenings to Sunday lunchtime), will run over the course of one year with an option to retreat at Kylemore Abbey in the summer months. Participants also meet monthly online in professional learning communities with an executive coach who are also experienced school leaders.  

"As a member of the first cohort of the Emerging Leaders Programme, I had wonderful opportunities to learn about Catholic school culture and the importance of leading and managing our schools well. The seminars were quite practical and it was easy to apply our learning back at school. Our cohort also became quite close through our monthly online meetings and as a result of the experiences provided. I feel I grew a lot both professionally and personally through the fellowship. I would highly recommend it to those interested."

 - Lorraine White, Principal, St. Brigid's and St. Patrick's N.S, Drogheda


May 13-15, 2022: Kylemore Abbey

  • Focus: School Culture and Integrated Leadership

October 7-9, 2022: TBD

  • Instructional Leadership and Integrated Leadership

January 19- 21, 2023: Dublin

  • Focus: Executive Management and Integrated Leadership. 

For more information, please contact Angela Mitchell at


Irish Teaching Fellows

Every year two recent Irish college graduates are chosen to be part of the newest class of ACE Teaching Fellows and from that point on they are known as Irish ACErs!!

The Irish participants in the ACE Teaching Fellows undertake the same programme as their American classmates. If you would like more information about the ACE Teaching Fellows please continue to the following: