National Principal Supervisor Academy

Supporting principals in a partnership role.

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AASA partners with the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership(CEL) to bring this standards-based academy to central office leaders who support principals' instructional leadership growth as their primary responsibility.

This academy draws from the national Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), research by the Wallace Foundation and CEL's Principal Support Framework.

The Principal Support Framework has four action areas:

  1. Foster an inclusive leadership culture focused on creating equitable experiences and outcomes
  2. C.E.L. Principal Support Framework
  3. Co-create a shared vision of principals as leaders of equitable schools
  4. Create a system of support for principals to grow as leaders of equitable schools
  5. Develop a strategic partnership between the central office and principals 

    Participants will work from problems of practice, learn from impactful case studies, connect with peers in virtual professional communities and receive individual coaching. Nationwide, district leaders are working to support principals at scale, especially in times of unprecedented change. Successful supervision now demands innovative approaches, emphasizing partnership, teaching and mutual accountability.

    Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive an AASA/CEL diploma of completion and professional achievement, a valuable addition to their professional portfolio.

    Academy Dates and Details
    In-Person (East) Academy - Applications Due: July 10, 2023 Virtual Academy - Applications Due: July 10, 2023 In-Person (West) Academy - Applications Due: September 10, 2023

    In-Person (East) Information:

    July 18 – 19, 2023, Alexandria, Va.

    November 2 – 3, 2023, Alexandria, Va.

    April 16 – 17, 2024, Alexandria, Va.

    Cost: $5,000

    Virtual Academy Information:

    July 20 – 21, 2023

    October 30 – 31, 2023

    April 18 – 19, 2024

    9:45am – 5pm ET / 8:45am – 4pm CT / 7:45am – 3pm MT / 6:45am - 2pm PT.

    Cost: $5,000

    In-Person (West) Information:

    September 19 – 20, 2023, Mesa, Ariz. (Near Phoenix, Ariz.)

    February 6 – 7, 2024, Mesa, Ariz. (Near Phoenix, Ariz.)

    May 14 – 15, 2024 Mesa, Ariz. (Near Phoenix, Ariz.)

    Cost: $5,000


    I am much more cognizant about protecting principals’ instructional leadership time. Also, on my site visits and in my conversations with principals, I am constantly thinking about the through line to students and how what we are doing is going to impact student learning. This Academy has brought increased awareness and reflection to my practice.

    Shane Dublin

    Executive Director - Secondary Education, Springfield Public Schools

    My leadership practice has changed as a result of the Principal Supervisor Academy. I now have the tools to focus specifically on the things that matter the most in affecting educational outcomes.

    Vickie Poe

    Assistant Superintendent, Dallas County School District (Alabama)


    July 18, 2023 to May 15, 2024

    Applications are now closed.


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    • Valerie Truesdale

      Senior Assistant Executive Director, Leadership Network

      AASA, The School Superintendents Association


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