National Principal Supervisors Academy

Providing system-level leaders the opportunity to connect with their peers and learn best practices to amplify their impact on principals and school communities.

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Program Participants

The National Principal Supervisors Academy (NPSA) is for principal supervisors and other system-level instructional leaders (e.g., Instructional Superintendents, Chief Academic Officers, Head of Leadership Development, etc.). Participants work at a variety of PK-12 settings, including traditional school districts, independent schools, and charter management organizations across the U.S.

This is a selective program, so we look for principal supervisors who embody the same mindsets we see in effective school-level leaders: anti-racism, collaboration, continuous improvement, equity focus, high standards in service of empowerment, intentionality, and personal responsibility.

Program Focus

In highly effective school systems, principal supervisors play an essential role in improving instructional leadership across a network of schools. In this program, participants will dive 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
  • Instructional and Strategic Planning: Establishing aligned priorities and highest leverage actions to take with their principals to drive meaningful improvement across schools
  • Coaching: Building skills to effectively coach principals to be more effective instructional leaders

Program Experience

The National Principal Supervisors Academy is a one-year program consisting of 60 hours of professional learning during a summer intensive, followed by three multi-day intersessions throughout the year, where participants can dive deeper into content, create detailed implementation plans, and assess implementation strengths and opportunities. 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: Receive regular feedback on video assessments from experienced, Relay trained coaches who have demonstrated success as effective principal supervisors.
  • A network of peers: Solve problems alongside other high-performing peers facing similar 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

NPSA participants will have the option of an in-person or virtual track in either June or July. The time commitment and content are the same for each cohort. In-person participants will need to be fully vaccinated and follow other COVID-19 protocols. See the FAQ page for more details.

The National Principal Supervisor Academy launches alongside the National Principal Academy Fellowship for the summer intensive, enabling cross-over and alignment within district teams.

For specific program dates and other details, see the NPSA 2022-23 Calendar.

Summer Intensive

June or July 2022 option

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


September / October 2022

January / February 2023

April / May 2023

  • In person and virtual cohorts available
  • 16-24 hours of programming per intersession

Program Cost

$15,000 per participant*

*An early bird discount of $1,000 per participant will be applied for seats requested before March 14th, for $14,000 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 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.

Jeanine Zitta
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Relay’s leadership programs were really a turning point in my career path. While I thought I was a strong leader before, Relay gave me specific tools and language to use that supported my work in ways that made it more effective and efficient.

- Jeanine Zitta

Jeanine Zitta's Story

"Relay’s leadership programs were really a turning point in my career path. While I thought I was a strong leader before, Relay gave me specific tools and language to use that supported my work in ways that made it more effective and efficient.  By taking this work back to my schools, we were able to really ground ourselves in common work that transcended school environments and allowed me to support across the district.  The leaders I supported found their own common language to use when working with teachers and students, and leaders were growing in their coaching abilities at an exponential pace.  We got deeper and deeper into our work and became our own subset of experts supporting one another in this very difficult work of leading schools.

During Relay sessions (and even beyond), I found myself connecting with leaders from all over the world with similar values and passion for student growth and teacher effectiveness, that I was learning not only from the facilitators, but also from colleagues.  Staying connected with the teachings and participants of Relay is a way that I stay current in the work of school leadership, and a way to always have a partner in the conversation that I know will push me to be better for those I lead."

Jeanine Zitta, Network Superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools
National Principal Supervisor Academy 2017
Leverage Leadership Institute, Cohort 4, 2018

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