Winchester Continues Aspen Youth Leadership Work

Winchester Continues Aspen Youth Leadership Work

Corey WinchesterCorey Winchester, who received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching is an Aspen Fellow. Corey Winchester (BS10, MS20) was named a Graduate Fellow in Residence for the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship (AYLF) program to continue his work creating learning environments that foster connection, compassion, freedom dreaming, and a sense of belonging. 

The Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship, hosted by the Aspen Institute, cultivates the next generation of leaders in transforming lives and society for the better. The program currently operates in three areas: Miami, Chicago, and Mississippi/Arkansas Delta region. 

Winchester had been serving AYLF as an Advocate in Residence; he started the single-year Graduate Fellow in Residence Fellowship on Sept 1, 2023. 

“There is significant overlap between my work with Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship and my research interests in developing humanizing learning environments,” he said.  

His second-year research project on educator learning through storytelling has played a key role in supporting both area “Delivery Teams,” or local community members who facilitate delivering the 150-hour AYLF experience, and AYLF Fellows in learning through leadership developments. “It’s truly an intergenerational community,” he says. 

As the Graduate Fellow, Winchester will support curricular refinement and revision around the program’s text-based dialogues and Community Impact Project (CIP). He’ll also assist local communities in applying the AYLF seminar curriculum. 

Previously, as an Advocate in Residence, Winchester designed and developed portions of the  virtual curriculum and learning experiences, particularly in response to COVID-19. He also created a curriculum framework for the fellows, all between the ages of 18 and 22. 

Winchester, an award-winning history teacher at Evanston Township High School, is now a third-year doctoral student in the School of Education and Social Policy’s Learning Sciences program. He’s also an adjunct instructor in the Master’s in Education program, teaching the Methods and Techniques in Secondary Teaching: Social Sciences Course and the Golden Apple Seminar sabbatical course for educators who won the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

Winchester was named the Illinois History Teacher of the year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in 2020. The year before, he received the Golden Apple Award. 

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 10/27/23