Instructional Leadership Professional Development

Empowering school leadership team members to strengthen their instructional leadership skills to support excellent teaching for all students.

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Program Participants

The Instructional Leadership Professional Development Program (ILPD) is designed to complement Relay’s National Principal Academy Fellowship. Ideal participants include the school leadership teams that work alongside the principals attending NPAF. (For example, assistant principals, instructional coaches, etc.) This approach allows the entire leadership team to develop their skills in the same core instructional levers. However, the program is open to any school leader who wishes to attend independently.

Program Focus

Research has shown that an aligned, focused school leadership team can have a powerful impact on their school community. Through the ILPD program, school leadership team members learn, practice, and plan alongside their principal, developing 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 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.
  • Strategic Planning: Planning for implementation, monitoring progress, and practicing strategies for responding to close gaps.

Program Experience

The ILPD is a summer-only program consisting of 60 hours of professional development. In 2022-23, we will offer all-virtual cohort or hybrid options (mostly in-person with some virtual elements).

Participants will benefit from:

  • Expert faculty: Learn from experienced practitioners who have demonstrated effectiveness in the field.
  • Feedback: Practice new skills and receive regular feedback via video assessments and learning teams
  • A network of peers: Join a national network of instructional leaders who can help support implementation and problem solve critical challenges

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

Program Schedule

ILPD participants will have the option of an in-person or virtual track in either June or July, aligned with the National Principal Academy Fellowship Programming. The time commitment and content are the same for each cohort. Availability of the in-person tracks 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 option

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

Program Cost

$8,000* per participant

*An early bird discount of $1,000 per participant will be applied for seats requested before March 14th, for $7,000 total 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) Hotel rooms (Granted on a first come, first served basis via the registration process).
  • (In-person cohort) Breakfast, lunch, and snacks


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: In-person programming is now full. Virtual seats are still available. 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.

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

Ready to Partner?

Are you ready to become a Relay partner? To learn more about our programs, complete our interest form.

Request Seats

If you are already a Relay partner, complete the seat request form to reserve spots in our leadership programs.