We Understand Your Job. We’ve Been in Your Shoes
As a K12 district or school leader you are trying to solve dozens of problems every day. It seems leadership challenges of recent years exploded at least ten-fold.
We get it. We’ve been in your shoes. As former school district leaders or principals, the team at Leadership Partners understands the pressures and stresses of your job.
We Developed Leadership Training to Address Your Challenges
That’s why we created an unmatched and comprehensive research-based educational leadership training program for leaders like you – professional development and training that meets the times.
The Leadership Partners Executive Education Academy provides campus and district leaders with new mindsets, unique learning, diagnosis and design tools, and personalized executive coaching not found anywhere else to help them improve their schools at both the system and school level.
We’ve trained over 1200 leaders to improve their schools, lead change, build relationships with stakeholders and balance their own personal lives with the demands of their careers.
Attend this incredible professional development for campus and district leaders in person one Friday a month from September 2023 through April 2024. Plus, each leader receives seven rounds of personalized coaching. Our four-day June Summit is included in the training program.
It’s likely you have questions about the importance of leadership professional development, especially when resources are scarce.
Why does my leadership team need training?
Retain Your Leaders. Build Your Bench.
A 2022 NASSP survey indicates, “24% of principals are considering leaving their positions within 2-3 years.” Why? Among the reasons cited was the lack of work-life balance. ( 1 )
A Wallace Foundation report said: “In overwhelming percentages, top-ranking officials in large and medium-size school districts regard effective school leadership as essential to school improvement. Yet only about half are satisfied with the pool of candidates in their principal pipelines-suggesting that pipelines themselves could be improved.” ( 2 )
What does your leadership bench look like? If you provided more or better training for your future leaders, could you easily fill future leadership openings or retain your current leaders?
Will leadership training really help my school(s)?
Research Proves Leadership Training Improves Outcome
A study conducted by Leithwood, et. al., and published by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality says: “The effectiveness of teachers is shaped, at least in part, by the effectiveness of the school principal. The total direct and indirect effects of school leadership on student learning account for one quarter of total school effects. Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school.” (3 )
The Wallace Foundation: Replacing a principal at the 25th percentile in effectiveness with one at the 75th percentile can increase annual student learning in math and reading by almost three months. ( 4 )
Where do your principals rank in effectiveness? In the low- to mid-range or the top range of effectiveness? Boosting leadership skills for your current principals and future principals increases effectiveness and increases outcomes.
Your teachers, students and school leaders will feel more supported when you’ve invested in leadership professional development and training that helps them achieve their goals. Leadership Partners Executive Education Academy is built to achieve these outcomes.
Will my leaders and I learn what we need to effectively lead in today’s educational environment?
The Center for Creative Leadership says: “…investments in leadership development for principals, teachers, staff, and students play an essential role in creating the transformational change needed in education today. That’s because leadership development focuses on the single most important part of any school system, public or private—its people. And now more than ever, meeting the complex challenges of a rapidly changing world requires schools to equip young people with the skills they need to become productive workers, engaged citizens, entrepreneurs, and lifelong learners.” ( 5 )
How do I pay for this training?
ARP/ESSER and Title funds can be used to train your leaders. Most grants include funding for professional development.
Do You Want to Budget for Replacements or Retention? Invest in Increased Outcomes
How much will it cost you to replace a principal or two or three? How much do you spend on teacher training?
“Conservative estimates of the cost to develop, hire, and onboard each principal is $75,000. For a typical urban school district with 110 schools, investments made to draw retention to the same rate as typical affluent schools (20% turnover) would save the district 330K annually” ( 6 )
A study from The New Teacher Project says $18,000 a year is spent per teacher on professional development “with little to show for it.” ( 7 )
If leaders were better trained to help teachers implement and act on their training, would the investment in teacher professional development produce better ROI? That is why Leadership Partners Executive Education Academy includes modules on strategies to achieve. Plus, the nine-month Academy is half the cost to train a teacher.
What will be the ROI for this training program?
The Wallace Foundation says training principals pays off: “Principals really matter. Indeed, given not just the magnitude but the scope of principal effects, which are felt across a potentially large student body and faculty in a school, it is difficult to envision an investment with a higher ceiling on its potential return than a successful effort to improve principal leadership.” ( 8 )
“In-depth studies in the field of K-12 education confirm that investments in high-quality, research-based leadership development for school systems can directly impact student success—in the classroom and beyond.” ( 8 )
Check Out the Details
Go here to see what we offer in the Leadership Partners Executive Education Academy.
Download the 2023-2024 Executive Education Academy brochure: 2023-2024-face-to-face-version-leadership-partners-academy.pdf for complete details.
- 2022 NASSP survey NASSP’s Survey of America’s School Leaders and High School Students
- Wallace Foundation report published June 2020; Taking Stock of Principal Pipelines: What Public School Districts Report Doing and What They Want to Do to Improve School Leadership, page 11.
- National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, Identifying How Highly Effective Leaders Support Teachers , Leithwood, et. Al, 2004. page 4.
- Wallace Foundation, How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research , 2021, page 4.
Center for Creative Leadership, DePass, et. Al. Accelerating School Success: Transforming K-12 Schools by Investing in Leadership Development , 2019. page 1
- School Leaders Network Report , 2014. Churn: The High Cost of Principal Turnover, page 4.
- The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About Our Quest for Teacher Development . The New Teacher Project. 2015. Page 3
- Wallace Foundation report published February 2021; How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research , page 4.
- The Center for Creative Leadership, Accelerating School Success: Transforming K-12 Schools by Investing in Leadership Development , DePass, Ehrlich and Leis., 2019, page 3.