The Seminars in Ignatian Leadership is a program provided to educators within the Jesuit Schools Network. The program offers a curriculum of leadership development within the context of Ignatius Loyola and his spiritual and vocational growth through his life. The program has been designed with adult learning theory specifically in mind. Every effort is made throughout to incorporate approaches that respect the learning style preferences of participants. Above all else, the program attempts to model Ignatian pedagogy by engaging Seminar participants in a continual interplay of experience, reflection and action.
The four session themes and foci:
- Session I – Loyola: Foundations of Leadership
- Session II – Manresa: The Spiritual Leader
- Session III – Paris: The Capable Leader
- Session IV – Rome: The Authentic Leader
All participants are invited and encouraged to have an experience of the Spiritual Exercises during or shortly after the Seminars. Opportunities for the Exercises will be coordinated and supported by the JSN.
Sessions begin Monday evening and conclude before lunch on Friday. Each session includes time for large group presentations, small group conversations and time for personal reflection. Cohorts are led by a team of experienced Seminar alumni, who share their professional and personal knowledge and experience with the participants.
Approximately $3,000 per year (depending on cohort locations) which includes tuition, room and board, and all materials.
Participation requires nomination from a school president or principal or their designee. Schools are invited to nominate up to two participants per cohort. Nominees then complete a short registration form which includes selection of cohort preference.
Three cohorts begin each fall and each cohort is limited to 18-20 participants.
Since 1993, JSEA (now Jesuit Schools Network) has offered the Seminars in Ignatian Leadership, a three-year program to train Ignatian Leaders for the Jesuit school of the future. The successor to the Jesuit Secondary School Administrator Program (JSSAP) offered by the JSEA’s Commission on Research and Development (CORD) at Fordham University, the seminars have over 300 graduates, contributing to Ignatian leadership in Jesuit schools. The seminars had been offered under a cohort model with each cohort meeting twice per year, typically once in October and once in February for a total of six sessions. There were different themes for each year – Year 1: Ignatian Leadership and Apostolic Vision, Year 2: Ignatian Leadership and the Responsible Use of Power, and Year 3: Ignatian Leadership and the Dynamics of Change.
In 2016, the program was revised, moving to a two-year program (typically one session in October and February). The curriculum arc follows the life of Ignatius and its associated leadership themes.