Supporting School Leaders

This summer, 30 principals and principal supervisors are building their instructional leadership skills with support from Education Forward DC. The group is participating in Relay Graduate School of Education’s yearlong National Principal Academy Fellowship.

The Fellowship is designed to improve instructional leadership skills through both coursework and job­embedded practice. The curriculum is focused on the following key levers to drive student achievement:

  • Data­-driven instruction
  • Creating a positive student culture of high expectations
  • Observation and feedback techniques
  • Professional development for adult learners
  • Instructional planning
  • Creating an aligned staff culture
  • Building strategic leadership

The program kicks off with a two­-week summer intensive session and continues throughout the year with additional sessions, professional development feedback and ongoing coaching. Education Forward DC will also provide additional support to enable local convenings for participants and resources to help principals implement what they’ve learned in their schools.

We know that excellent school leadership is critical for student success. That’s why Education Forward DC is funding this and similar initiatives as part of our strategy for DC schools. Learn more about our funding strategy here.