Our leadership development model is hands-on and aligned with clear, research-based school leadership standards and school system policies.
Our approach builds on a deep body of research-based theories of adult learning.
All of our programs use problem-based and action learning methodologies, placing participants in simulated and/or actual leadership situations, with all of the information, data systems, regulations, and constraints that govern the work of district and school leaders. Curriculum and embedded activities are carefully designed to support participant growth toward defined leadership standards, and the facilitation of this highly experiential learning, both in training settings and through one-on-one coaching, is a deliberate and important component of the NYCLA leadership development approach, enabling leaders to reach their full potential.
Independent research confirms that graduates of our flagship Aspiring Principals Program, who assume leadership positions in many of New York City’s most challenging schools, lead significant gains in student achievement. In addition, district survey data confirms that parents and teachers in these schools feel more engaged and students feel safer, yielding environments that promote learning and healthy social and emotional development.
Nationally, we have partnered with over 40 districts, state agencies, universities, and nonprofits in 27 states to implement and strengthen school leadership development programs. We customize our work based on local needs, with a focus on building capacity around program management, curriculum design, and learning facilitation, to ensure that programs can be sustained over time.