Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is NYCLA's vision?

    NYCLA is committed to improving outcomes nationwide, particularly for the most vulnerable students, through high-quality school leadership.

  • What is NYCLA's strategy?

    Our strategy is empower school districts, state departments of education, universities and nonprofits in their local contexts to build and implement high-quality school leadership development initiatives to improve student outcomes.

  • What is NYCLA's history?

    NYCLA was founded in 2003 with the focus of preparing and supporting New York City school leaders to transform the most challenging schools and improve outcomes for all students. At the time it was predicted that many New York City schools would need new principals, particularly those that were failing, within a short period of time, and our organization collaborated with the NYC Department of Education to launch an aspiring principals program to address this need. Leveraging this experience, NYCLA expanded its scope in 2008 by providing short- and long-term consulting support in school districts, state departments of education, universities, and nonprofits throughout the country to address similar needs. Today we work in 26 states as well in Colombia and Brazil.

  • What makes NYCLA unique?

    NYCLA designs and delivered rigorous, data-driven and standards-based leadership professional development that builds the capacity of school systems and their leaders at all levels. We focus with clients on developing programs and services that are sustainable. Each client engagement is customized to meet the needs of our diverse clients and reflects our deep understanding of adult learning.

  • What services does NYCLA offer?

    NYCLA works with its clients in two ways – direct service and consulting. We work directly with clients, primarily in New York City, where aspiring and current school leaders receive training and support from our highly experienced and trained facilitators and coaches. In addition we offer a variety of customized consulting options for school districts, universities, state education departments and nonprofits to build or strengthen their own programs. See our “Programs and Services” page for more information.

  • Who are NYCLA's clients?

    NYCLA has collaborated with more than 50 school districts, state departments of education, universities, and nonprofits in 26 states and in Colombia and Brazil. See our “Clients” page for a complete list.

  • How does NYCLA price its client engagements?

    As each assignment is customized based on the client’s needs, NYCLA’s prices are determined on a case-by-case basis. We work with prospective clients to assess how to best address their needs within their budgetary restraints.

  • Who are NYCLA’s leaders?

    NYCLA’s leadership team is comprised of seasoned nonprofit professionals and highly experienced education practitioners who are focus on advancing the strategic priorities of the organization and shifting leadership practice throughout the country. In addition, our coaching team has an average of 32 years of experience in public school education and draw on their personal track records to influence leadership nationwide.

  • What are the qualifications and how can I enroll in the New York City Aspiring Principals Program?

    APP 13 application and selection is now closed. Applications for our next cohort will be available in early 2016.  For more information regarding criteria and timeline, consult our website in December 2015.  

  • What is NYCLA’s relationship with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE)?

    NYCLA is a standalone 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We have been a vendor for the NYCDOE for over a decade, and the NYCDOE is our oldest and largest client.