California Instructional Leadership Professional Development

Empowering school-based and district/ network leaders in California to strengthen their instructional leadership skills in service of excellent teaching for all students.

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Program Participants

This program is for school and system leaders (principals, assistant principals, coaches, teacher leaders, superintendents, CAOs, etc.) School and system-level leaders will receive shared programming, with supervisors joining four differentiated virtual sessions throughout the year. Participants work at a variety of PK-12 settings, including traditional school districts, independent schools, and charter management organizations across the U.S.

We seek leaders who embody the mindsets of anti-racism, collaboration, continuous improvement, equity focus, high standards in service of empowerment, intentionality, and personal responsibility. No previous experience with Relay content is required, and we encourage leaders from the same school/district/CMO to attend together.

Program Focus

Research has shown that school leadership matters, influencing student outcomes in significant ways. The California Instructional Leadership Professional Development program develops school leaders’ skills in culture and instruction, helping leaders to align their decisions to the needs of their students, teachers, school, and communities. We delve deeply into areas such as:

  • Centering Equity:  Strengthening awareness and strategies to systematically increase opportunity and remove barriers for historically underserved students
  • Instructional Rigor: Building deep knowledge of the instructional shifts and evidence of teaching and learning required by new standards
  • Coaching: Building skills in observation and coaching, to support all teachers
  • Data-Informed Instruction: Leading teams in effective lesson internalization and response to student learning needs

Program Experience

California ILPD is a year-long program consisting of a three-day summer intensive, followed by three intersessions throughout the year, each of which will include one full day in-person and two half-days virtually. Between intersessions, participants will have the opportunity to engage in virtual Implementation Sessions designed to provide time to think about the systems and structures that allow Relay instructional practices to thrive.

Participants will benefit from:

  • Expert faculty: Learn from experienced practitioners who have notable achievements
  • Impactful instructional leadership strategies: Immerse yourself in effective instructional leadership strategies that have led directly to improved student outcomes across the country
  • A network of peers: Solve problems alongside other leaders from across California facing similar challenges you are

About Partnership

What makes a great partnership? Learn about more about what kind of organizations we work with and how we support them in Supporting Conditions and Infrastructure. Or, look for answers to any general questions you may have on our FAQs page.


California ILPD participants will have the option to join a regional Los Angeles Area Cohort or Bay Area Cohort. The time commitment and content are the same. Both cohorts will participate in a hybrid program that includes both in-person and virtual sessions.

All sessions listed in the below schedule are for the Principal/ Instructional Leader Track AND the Principal Supervisor Track, simultaneously, except where marked Supervisors ONLY.

Summer Intensive

June 27-29, 2023

  • Bay Area cohort  |  In-person

July 11-13, 2023

  • Los Angeles cohort |  In-person

July 18, 2023

  • Supervisors ONLY |  Virtual

July 25-26, 2023

  • All attendees | Implementation sessions | Virtual

Intersessions  I

September 12, 2023

  • Bay Area cohort  |  In-person

September 14, 2023

  • Los Angeles cohort |  In-person

October 17, 2023 & October 24, 2023

  • Bay Area cohort |  Virtual

October 18, 2023 & October 25, 2023

  • Los Angeles cohort | Virtual

October 31, 2023

  • Supervisors ONLY | Virtual

November 15-16, 2023

  • All attendees | Implementation sessions | Virtual

Intersessions  II

January 23, 2024

  • Bay Area cohort | In-person

January 25, 2024

  • Los Angeles cohort | In-person

February 6, 2024 & February 13, 2024

  • Bay Area cohort | Virtual

February 7, 2024 & February 14, 2024

  • Los Angeles cohort | Virtual

February 27, 2024

  • Supervisors program ONLY | Virtual

March 14-15, 2024

  • All attendees | Implementation sessions | Virtual

Intersessions  III

April 23, 2024

  • Bay Area cohort | In-person

April 25, 2024

  • Los Angeles cohort | In-person

May 7, 2024 & May 14, 2024

  • Bay Area cohort | Virtual

May 8, 2024 & May 15, 2024

  • Los Angeles cohort | Virtual

May 29, 2024

  • Supervisors program ONLY | Virtual

Program Cost

$10,000 per participant

Up to $4,000 in philanthropic support per participant will be applied for each seat (pending capacity). Please note there are a limited number of seats still available for the philanthropic discount - we encourage partners to submit as soon as possible.

After this philanthropic support is applied, the program cost per participant will be:

  • $6,000 for Principal/Instructional Leader track seats
  • $6,500 the Principal Supervisors track.

The program cost reflects staffing and overhead for this program. The program fee therefore covers:

  • High-quality instructional professional development from experienced leaders
  • All course materials, licensing fees, and online access to electronic versions of resources
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks for some programming on in-person days

The program fee does not include lodging/hotel accommodations.


Partner organizations should request seats for their leaders by the following deadlines. Seats are filled on a first-come-first-served basis and may fill up quickly.

  • Seat Request Form Opens: January 2nd, 2023
  • Seat Request Submission Deadline: May 1st, 2023

For more deadlines and details on requesting seats, see The Partnership Process.

For general questions about Leadership Programs, see our FAQs.

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The California ILPD program provided myself and leaders across our network with a transformative learning experience.  This is a collaborative learning space with an intentional focus on providing leaders with the tools needed to create immediate change in student outcomes.  Time to reflect, practice and ground our work in equity is engaging and inspiring for all who participate.

Annette Gonzalez, Chief Academic Officer
Greendot Public Schools California Instructional Leadership Development Program

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Complete the form below to begin the process of registering your leadership teams for Relay’s School Year 2024-2025 Instructional Leadership Academies.

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Partnering with Relay

Learn more about how to partner, including important application dates and how we support you. This page is relevant to past partners, but especially to schools and districts who have not partnered with Relay before.

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