AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy
AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy

Registration now open for the 2020-2021 Academy


Around the country, district leaders are recognizing they have yet to figure out how to improve principal performance at scale. Despite investments in revised principal supervisor roles, districts are struggling to provide the requisite professional development and training for leaders taking on these roles. Successful principal supervision requires new ways of supporting principals in a partnership role, leading by teaching and learning in an atmosphere of mutual accountability.

AASA has partnered with the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership to bring CEL's Principal Supervisor Professional Development Program to all central office leaders who support principals' instructional leadership growth as their primary responsibility.

For 2020-2021, the dates and locations for the academy are:

  • August 25-26, 2020, Virtual Meeting
  • November 17-18, 2020, Virtual Meeting
  • April 20-21, 2021, Gwinnett County, GA

The registration deadline is August 3, 2020.

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What you will learn

Understanding and creating the structures and routines necessary to improve the performance of principals as instructional leaders

Building and protecting calendars

Developing effective 1:1 work with principals

Developing effective principal professional learning communities

Using a teaching approach as the primary lever for improving principal performance

Communicating, clearly and continually, the work between the principal supervisor and principals

Assessing, gathering, and using evidence to support and monitor principal progress

Jointly developing a focus of work with each principal and utilizing learning and planning guides to focus their work together

Reflecting upon, setting goals for, and monitoring progress of their own development as effective principal supervisors

Details and cost
The content for this academy will be based upon the CCSSO Model Principal Supervisor Standards Professional Standards, the latest research on adult learning and leadership development from Wallace Foundation and other sources, as well as promising practices from districts across the country. The academy participants will work from problems of practice, use cycles of inquiry, learn from case studies, utilize virtual professional learning communities, and virtual individual coaching.
The cost of the program is $5,000, which includes instruction and materials for three 2-day institutes*, 2 virtual workshops and three hours of virtual coaching per participant. The program will be limited to 75 participants.
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.
*In past years, the 2-day institutes have been held in person.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first two institutes in 2020-21 will be held virtually.  The institutes are designed to be interactive, to focus on each participant’s learning in the context of their role in their district, and to engage participants in learning from one another.  The participants in Institute 3 of the 2019-20 Academy, which was held virtually because of the pandemic, gave feedback that the CEL facilitators successfully adapted the virtual technology to meet these goals and created a rich and connecting learning experience.