National Aspiring Principals Academy

For aspiring and early career principals.

National Aspiring Principals Academy

Are you a teacher leader, an assistant principal, or an early career principal searching for quality professional learning to take your leadership to the next level? Are you a district leader committed to building a strong, diverse principal pipeline? The National Aspiring Principals Academy (NAPA) will support these goals.

Program Overview

The National Aspiring Principals Academy is a partnership between AASA, the National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Delivered by nationally recognized educational leaders and mentors, NAPA is a yearlong cohort-based academy designed to support aspiring, assistant, and early career principals in attaining the essential skills and practices needed to advance to the next level of leadership.

Academy and Registration Details

NAPA prepares aspiring and early career principals to lead forward with creativity, vision, and an eye on equity. Based on the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, the academy uses an applied approach that includes addressing lessons learned in real-time.

Curriculum topics include:

  • Framing the Principal Role: Knowing Yourself and Your Leadership Strengths and Areas for Growth 
  • Leading for Equity with Urgency
  • Understanding Governance
  • Building a Community of Support
  • Balancing Leadership
  • Leading Learning
Program Dates

October 25-26: Virtual Kickoff Meeting, 5:00-7:30 PM ET

November 29: Virtual Meeting, 5:00-7:00 PM ET

December 11: Virtual Meeting, 5:00-7:00 PM ET

January 31, 2024: Virtual Meeting, 5:00-7:00 PM ET

February 21: Virtual Meeting, 5:00-7:00 PM ET

March 27: Virtual Meeting, 5:00-7:00 PM ET

April 10: Virtual Meeting, 5:00-7:00 PM ET

May 8:  Virtual Meeting, 5:00-7:00 PM ET

June 24/25: In-Person Graduation Meeting at NAESP/AASA HQ, Alexandria (tentative depending on registration number)



October 25, 2023 to June 25, 2024

Registration is due by October 16, 2023


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Katie Earley