Alumni Refresh

An opportunity for Relay alumni to revisit their program, while updating their skills with new content, lenses, and approaches - alongside their school teams who are attending Relay's Instructional Leadership Academies.

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Program Participants

Over the last few years, many Relay alumni have expressed the desire to “do Relay again”, both to refresh their skills and to learn new, updated content. The Alumni Refresh is for Relay alumni who completed the National Principal Academy Fellowship (NPAF), the National Principal Supervisors Academy (NPSA), or the Instructional Leadership Professional Development (ILPD). Schools and organizations will find it beneficial to send new participants to Instructional Leadership Academies and returning participants to the Alumni Refresh in the same year, so they can engage and implement the content as a team for greater alignment and impact.

Program Focus

Relay is always striving to make our content stronger. Here is an overview of how each strand of content has been updated in recent years: 

  • Weekly Planning Meetings: In the summer of 2021, Relay introduced Weekly Planning Meetings sessions differentiated by English Language Arts and Math content. The Weekly Planning Meeting strand offers some of our most rigorous content, focusing on planning for instruction that ensures students tackle the most productive struggle in a lesson, engage in meaningful discourse, and master core content. 
  • Leading an Equity-Centered Culture: Going into School Year 2020-2021, our culture strand had significant revisions with the goal of centering equity and being more responsive to students’ needs. The strand now includes sessions on understanding behavior through an equity lens, student-centered, school-wide supports, and staff culture.  
  • Strategic Planning and Playbook sessions: In School Year 2017-2018, Relay launched its current version of Strategic Planning and Playbooks. Every year these sessions have been revised  and strengthened, but the core philosophy of using our student-centered goals to drive daily work has remained the same.
  • Coaching Adults: Observation and Feedback is a core content session that has stayed true to its original roots; however, it now also includes building relationships with teachers as a key element in coaching. Sessions across the year include new content on Differentiating Coaching and Coaching on Coaching. 
  • Weekly Data Meetings: The core of Weekly Data Meetings remains the same with an increased focus on content specific knowledge. This remains to be some of Relay’s strongest content with strong alignment to K-12 student achievement.

Program Experience

Alumni Refresh participants are welcome to attend sessions for their respective programs. (Summer Intensive and Intersessions for NPAF and NPSA; Summer Intensive only for ILPLD). After a mandatory summer Orientation, they have the opportunity to engage in the sessions that are most helpful to their current work. Alumni Refresh participants do not participate in Learning Teams or submit assessments but may choose to participate in the Triathlon following Summer Intensive. 

Alumni may only attend sessions in the program they have completed; for example, NPAF alumni can only attend NPAF sessions.

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

The table below shows the Alumni Refresh program schedule for School Year 2024-2025. Alumni Refresh participants in NPAF or NPSA must attend Orientation, and they may attend the June or July Summer Intensive and subsequent Intersessions at their discretion. Alumni Refresh participants in ILPD are able to attend the June Summer Intensive only.

Summer Intensive

Option 1: June Cohort | Houston, TX

June 2024

Virtual Orientation | Half-Day [Mandatory]

June 24-28, 2024

In-Person Summer Intensive Sessions [Optional]

July 24-31, 2024

Virtual I Triathlon (Live practice & feedback) [Optional for NPAF and NPSA participants]

Note: Participants will pick one 3 hour session within this date range

Option 2: July Cohort | Chicago, IL [Only for NPAF and NPSA alumni]

July 2024

Virtual Orientation | Half-Day [Mandatory]

July 15-19, 2024

In-Person Summer Intensive Sessions [Optional]

July 24-31, 2024

Virtual I Triathlon (Live practice & feedback) [Optional for NPAF and NPSA participants]

Note: Participants will pick one 3 hour session within this date range

Intersessions [All optional, only for NPAF and NPSA participants]

Oct. 17-18, 2024

In-Person (Houston, TX) Intersession 1

Jan. 27- Feb. 7, 2025

Virtual Intersession 2

Note: Participants will pick four half-day sessions within these dates

May 8-9, 2025

In-Person (Chicago, IL) Intersession 3

Program Cost

NPAF and NPSA Alumni: $2,500 per participant
ILPD Alumni: $1500 per participant

The program fee 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 during in-person sessions

Alumni Refresh participants are responsible for the cost of hotel accommodations.

Deadlines

Partner organizations should request seats for leaders by the following deadlines. Please note that the Alumni Refresh Program will be capped and seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We expect that the program 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 Leadership Programs, see our FAQs.

Eddie Rangel
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Participating in Relay's Leadership Programs turned pedagogy into meaningful outcomes for our kids, which, in my opinion, ranks it among the best professional development opportunities for educators across the globe.

- Eddie Rangel

Eddie Rangel's Story

"[When] I was accepted into Relay's NPAF Leadership Program and [I] found myself in an inspiring community of practitioners who believe in the extraordinary capabilities of every child and school. Over the course of a year, our school not only succeeded but grew into one of the top-performing schools in our county and state. Participating in Relay's Leadership Programs turned pedagogy into meaningful outcomes for our kids, which, in my opinion, ranks it among the best professional development opportunities for educators across the globe."

Eddie Rangel, Executive Director, Adelante Schools
National Principal Academy Fellowship, 2019
Leverage Leadership Institute, 2020

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.

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.