NPAF/NPSA Alumni Refresh

An opportunity for Relay alumni to revisit their program’s core content, while updating their skills with new lenses and approaches - all alongside their school teams who are attending NPAF/ NPSA.

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Program Participants

Over the last few years, many former NPAF/NPSA participants have expressed the desire to “do Relay again” to both refresh their skills and learn new, updated content. The NPAF/NPSA Alumni Refresh is for any alumni who completed their program in good standing and wants to renew and improve their instructional leadership skills. Schools and districts/ networks will find it beneficial to send participants to both NPAF/ NPSA and the Refresh in the same year, so they can implement the content as a team for greater alignment and impact.

Program Focus

Relay is always striving to make our content stronger. In the last few years, we have focused on creating an equity through-line in all of our work. Here is an overview of how each strand of content has been updated recently:

  • Leading an Equity-Centered Culture: Going into the 2020-2021 school year, our culture session had significant revisions with the goal of centering equity and being more responsive to students’ needs. The strand across the year includes sessions on staff culture, understanding behavior through an equity lens, and student-centered school-wide supports.
  • Coaching Adults: Observation and Feedback is a core content session that has stayed true to its original roots, but now also includes a focus on building relationships with teachers as a key element in coaching. Sessions across the year include new content on Differentiating Coaching and Coaching on Coaching.
  • Data-Informed Instruction: This strand includes a mix of core content that is tried and true and new sessions on Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) and Monitoring the Learning for NPSA.
  • Strategic Planning and Playbook sessions: In 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.
  • Weekly Data Meetings: In the summer of 2021, Relay divided this session for the first time into separate ELA and Math content sessions. The core of WDM remains the same with an increased focus on content specific knowledge.
  • Weekly Planning Meetings:  In the summer of 2021, Relay offered Weekly Planning Meetings sessions for the first time, also differentiated by ELA and Math content. The WPM strand across the year offers some of our most rigorous content, focused on planning instruction that ensures students tackle the most productive struggle in a lesson, engage in meaningful discourse and master core content.

Program Experience

Alumni in the Refresh program are welcome to attend any and/or all sessions of NPAF/ NPSA over the course of the year, including the summer intensive and intersessions. After the mandatory summer Orientation session, they will be free to choose 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 at the end of the summer intensive. Alumni may only attend sessions in the program they have completed; for example, NPAF alumni can only attend NPAF sessions.

As in past years, the NPAF/ NPSA programs consist of a 9-day summer intensive (5 days in person), followed by three multi-day intersessions throughout the year. The Schedule and Cost tab provides more details.

Participants will benefit from:

  • Expert faculty: Learn from experienced practitioners who have demonstrated effectiveness in the field.
  • Feedback: All of our sessions are designed to have participants practicing and receiving actionable feedback as they grow their instructional leadership skills.
  • 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 about more about what kind of organizations we work with and how we support them in Supporting Conditions and Infrastructure.

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

Program Schedule

The table below shows the 2023 NPAF/ NPSA schedule. Participants in the NPAF/ NPSA Alumni Refresh will have the option of attending the summer intensive in either June or July. They must attend Orientation, and then may choose any part of the summer intensive and intersessions programming that will be most valuable to their work.

Summer Intensive

Option 1: June Cohort | Denver, CO

June 7-9, 2023

Mandatory orientation and one optional 4-hour session | Virtual

June 12-16, 2023

[Optional] 1 week of programming | In-person

June 21 or 22, 2023

[Optional] Triathlon | Virtual

Option 2: July Cohort | Atlanta, GA

July 12-14, 2023

Mandatory orientation and one optional 4-hour session | Virtual

July 17-21, 2023

[Optional] 1 week of programming | In-person

July 25 or 26, 2023

[Optional] Triathlon | Virtual

Optional Intersessions

Oct. 12-13, 2023

2 days in Denver, CO | In-person

Additional sessions | Virtual

Jan. 22 - Feb. 1, 2024

Intersession (4-6 sessions) | Virtual

May 9 - 10, 2024

2 days in Atlanta, GA | In-person

Additional sessions | Virtual

Program Cost

$3,000 per alumni 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

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


Partner schools/organizations should request seats for their leaders by the following deadlines. The Alumni Refresh Program is capped at 50 leaders. Seats are filled on a first-come-first-served basis and may fill up quickly.

Seat Request Form Opens: January 2nd, 2023

Seat Request Submission Deadline: May 1st, 2023

For more deadlines and details on requesting seats, see The Partnership Process.

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

Partnering with Relay

Learn more about how to partner, including important application dates and how we support you. This page is relevant to past partners, but especially to schools and districts who have not partnered with Relay before.

Ready to request seats?

If you’re a past partner of Relay, sign your staff up for programs: