What you'll learn

  • Examine leadership frameworks and develop skills for leading highly effective schools and teams

  • Learn specific strategies for fostering a positive school culture, valuing diversity, and communicating effectively with constituents

  • Deepen your understanding of the instructional core and how to best support and grow teacher talent

  • Explore the science of trauma and resilience and how to create a school environment that supports both the students and the adults

  • Grow your understanding of the powerful role families and communities play in education and how to engage them in the work

Course description

Achieving Excellence: Leadership Development for Principals (AEL) is designed to give school leaders a chance to step away from day-to-day challenges, deeply explore their values as educators, and build a concrete plan that centers those values for the benefit of their school communities. This six-day institute brings together new and experienced principals from across the country and around the world to engage in dialogue and define educational frameworks that empower school leaders, students, families, and staff.  

Throughout the institute, you’ll engage with a problem of practice and participate in a consultancy exercise so you leave the institute prepared to enact new leadership approaches in your setting. You’ll work with experienced principal facilitators in small group discussions to explore ideas, reflect on how they relate to the needs of your school, and create a plan to implement them. As you do, you’ll build strong peer connections with other principals from around the world.


Senior Lecturer on Education; Faculty Director, Language and Literacy

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