California Instructional Leadership Professional Development

Empowering principals and school leadership team members 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 differentiated programming, with supervisors joining the National Principal Supervisors Academy. 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 two-day intersessions throughout the year. If public health conditions allow, the summer intensive and Intersessions 1 and 3 will have an in person option, while Intersession 2 will be held 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

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.


California ILPD participants will have the option for an in-person or virtual track. The time commitment and content are the same. Availability of the in-person track will depend on demand, and in-person participants will need to be fully vaccinated and follow other COVID-19 protocols. See the FAQ page for more details.

For specific program dates and other details, please see this document.

Summer Intensive

June or July 2022 options

  • In-person and virtual cohorts available
  • 24 hours of programming

Intersessions  & Implementation Sessions

September 2022

  • Intersession
  • In-person or virtual
  • 16 hours

November / December 2023

  • Implementation session (optional)
  • Virtual

January 2023

  • Intersession
  • In-person or virtual
  • 16 hours

February 2023

  • Implementation session (optional)
  • Virtual
  • 8 hours

April 2023

  • Intersession
  • In-person or virtual
  • 16 hours

Program Cost

$10,000* per participant

*$5,000 in philanthropic support per participant will be applied for seats requested before March 14th, for $5,000 in total estimated program costs.

The program cost reflects staffing and overhead for this program. As we don’t want price point to be a barrier, in 2022-23 Relay will subsidize in-person costs to ensure that participants can choose their preferred modality. Overall program costs are still lower than in the pre-pandemic model. 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
  • (In-person cohort) Breakfast, lunch, and snacks for some programming


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.

Priority deadline: Monday, February 14, 2022

Final deadline: April 22nd, 2022

Please note: This program is currently full. To be placed on the waitlist, fill out the request seats form below and you will be notified if seats become available.

For more information about how to request seats, see The Partnership Process.

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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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