Foundations of Principal Supervision

The NYC Leadership Academy is offering Foundations of Principal Supervision for all principal supervisors. This year-long program is designed to assist districts from across the country focused on improving and strengthening principal supervision and support. It is intended for new and experienced district leaders who are responsible for supervising and supporting principals. Districts are welcome to send teams of principal supervisors as well. 

This program will provide principal supervisors with: 

  • intensive training that is standards-based, experiential and informed by educators from districts around the country
  • opportunities to work with expert practitioners
  • the chance to apply research to practice
  • access to collaborate with a national cadre of peers
The program content will be differentiated for those that are new to the position and those with more experience.

Foundations of Principal Supervision was developed with insight from The Wallace Foundation, input from districts across the country, and our own decade long experience partnering with organizations to develop and deliver programs for educators in a variety of leadership positions for over a decade. The program is research-based, standards-based and highly experiential. NYCLA's Principal Supervisor Standards, aligned to CCSSO's 2015 Model Principal Supervisor Professional Standards, anchor the program. Participants will work with real data from their districts, giving them practical experience that reflects what they will encounter on the job and assisting them in preparing for the upcoming school year.  

The 2016-17 program is currently in progress and includes principal supervisors from seven districts across the country. 


NYCLA’s Foundations of Principal Supervision has three integrated components: 

      1. Summer Intensive

        The five-day Summer Intensive provides principal supervisors with intensive training, peer networking, and support to strengthen the leadership skills necessary for effectiveness.

        Participants work in teams with others in similar positions from across the country. The lively, fast-paced approach requires everyone to collaborate and develop creative solutions to the most daunting challenges. The program helps principal supervisors strengthen their vision, develop the skills to build principals' instructional leadership capacity and plan for the year ahead. The program also helps those with less than a year's experience transition to their new roles.

        Teaching methods are context-based and include a balance of:
        • research and practice
        • learning by the case study method
        • facilitated learning walks
        • application of coaching frameworks
        • interaction with sitting principals
        • analysis of data across networks of schools
        • use of principal evaluation frameworks from home districts
      2. Year-Long Learning Community

        Following the Summer Intensive, NYCLA facilitates virtual learning opportunities throughout the school year, providing an opportunity for continued learning. Participants from across the country maintain communication and connectivity regardless of their location, have access to national resources, share problems of practice, and continue to benefit from professional support networks.

      3. End-of-Year Convening

        An in-person, two-day convening engages principal supervisors in evaluating and assessing their impact on school principals throughout the year. Given the varying needs of principals within their network of schools, participants use evaluation results, performance data, and principal feedback to diagnose principals’ learning needs and design differentiated strategies to support whole group learning and one-on-one coaching.
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