Instructional Leadership Professional Development

A summer learning experience for school-based leaders to strengthen their foundational instructional leadership.

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Program Participants

Instructional Leadership Professional Development (ILPD) is ideal for instructional leaders at the school level who are responsible for coaching and developing classroom teachers, and who assist in the design of schoolwide systems (e.g. assistant principals, deans, instructional coaches, and more). ILPD is designed to complement Relay’s National Principal Academy Fellowship. This aligned approach allows an entire leadership team to develop their skills in the same core instructional levers.

Program Focus

Research has shown that an aligned, focused school leadership team can have a powerful impact on their school community. ILPD is designed to strengthen the efficacy of school-based leaders by improving their knowledge, skills, and ability to implement instructional leadership practices that will have the greatest impact on student learning.

ILPD participants will learn, practice, and plan, ideally alongside their principal, to develop common student-centered instructional leadership skills. 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 rigor required by grade level standards, and supporting teachers in aligned instructional planning that meets students’ needs.
  • Coaching: Building skills in observation and coaching, to better support all teachers.
  • Data-Informed Instruction: Leading teachers to analyze student work, identify gaps in their current understanding, and then plan effective instruction to close those gaps.

Program Experience

ILPD is a 5-day program (2 half-days of virtual orientation and 4 days in-person), held during the summer.

Participants will benefit from:

  • Expert faculty: Learn from experienced practitioners who have demonstrated effectiveness in the field.
  • A network of peers: Join a national network of instructional leaders who can help support implementation and problem-solve critical challenges.

About Partnership

What makes a great partnership? Learn more about what kind of organizations we work with and how we support them in Conditions for Effective Partnership.

Or, look for answers to any general questions you may have on our FAQs page.

Program Schedule

Instructional Leadership Professional Development (ILPD) participants will have the option to attend Summer Intensive in either June or July. The time commitment and content are the same for each cohort.

Summer Intensive

Option 1: June Cohort | Houston, TX

June 18-21, 2024

Virtual I Orientation

Note: Participants will pick two half-day sessions within this date range

June 24-27, 2024

In Person I Summer Intensive Sessions

Option 2: July Cohort | Chicago, IL

July 10-12, 2024

Virtual I Orientation

Note: Participants will pick two half-day sessions within this date range

July 15-18, 2024

In Person I Summer Intensive Sessions

Program Cost

$9,000 per participant

The program fee covers:

  • High-quality professional development from experienced leaders
  • All course materials, licensing fees, and online access to electronic versions of resources
  • Hotel room on in-person session dates
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks during in-person sessions


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 8, 2024
June Cohort - Seat Request Deadline: May 15, 2024
July Cohort - Seat Request Deadline: June 5, 2024 

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

For general questions about Relay Leadership Programs, see our FAQs.

Lakeesha Ramdhanie
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Relay’s Leadership Programs are an excellent way to develop and sharpen your leadership skills.

—Lakeesha Ramdhanie, Principal, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

Lakeesha's Story

“The various offerings encourage continuous learning in areas that help to improve your practice as a leader and implement in real time within your school or organization. The resources are great and the intentional focus on practice encourages a faster way to improve and make a positive impact. I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had and look forward to applying my new learning.”

-Lakeesha Ramdhanie

Principal, KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

New to Relay? Or Just Have Questions?

We would love to discuss your team's needs and identify which programs would be a good fit. To get in touch, use the interest form linked below and add any questions you have in the “Optional” box.

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Ready to Request Seats?

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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