National Instructional Leader Academy

The 2021-2022 school year will bring a unique opportunity for district leaders to balance new learnings from leading during a pandemic with proven practices and strategies. Striking this balance will be crucial in accelerating student learning and renewing teacher empowerment.


Dates: January 27, 2022 – October 29, 2022

Location: Virtual & Face-to-Face

Registration Fee (Due Upon Acceptance): $4,500
Application Deadline: 
AASA extends the deadline until January 10, 2022


About the National Instructional Leader Academy

AASA and AVID have partnered together to bring a National Instructional Leader Academy as a timely opportunity for District Instructional Leaders to be refreshed and challenged in leadership skills and knowledge by looking through the lens of Instruction, Culture, and Systems as they continue to grow as impactful leaders.


To meet ever changing needs in a digital age, and continue to provide equitable opportunities for all students, the Academy offers school district instructional leaders an opportunity to grow in their own professional learning and to network with other leaders from across the country for collective impact.

Who Should Participate?

The National Instructional Leader Academy is designed for district leaders who are charged with setting the vision and leading implementation of instructional services, which may include teaching and learning, curriculum, accountability and/or technology. 
Successful completion of this program will provide leaders with valuable, targeted professional learning to turn possibilities into probabilities for all students.


What Will I Learn?

Learning Objectives/Benefits:
  • Develop and engage in professional learning communities focused on the essential role of district instructional leadership in supporting equitable opportunities for all students.
  • Examine each leader’s current district goal, practices, and instructional systems through the lens of Leadership, Culture, Instruction and Systems in a consultancy protocol.
  • Implement processes to support district level culture, provide leadership, guide instruction, align and integrate systems which will ensure student outcomes of college and career readiness for all students.
  • Leaders will be empowered to address change, troubleshoot challenges and barriers, and identify the drivers they need to explicitly plan and lay a foundation for the conditions that will support equitable opportunities for all students.

Academy Dates & Details

Academy Duration: January 27, 2022 – October 29, 2022
The Academy will meet both face-to-face and virtually.


 Institute1 Institute I

Leading Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Culture
January 27-29, 2022
San Diego, CA

Professional Learning Community (PLC): Leading Culture
March 25, 2022, 1-2 pm ET
 Institute2 Institute II

Leading Quality Systems
June 23-25, 2022
San Diego, CA

Professional Learning Community (PLC): Leading Systems
August 26, 2022, 1-4 pm ET
 Institute3 Institute III

Leading Impactful Instruction
October 27-29, 2022
San Diego, CA
 NILAcert Upon Successful Completion of the Academy
Participants will receive an AASA/AVID certification of completion and professional achievement.

Application Deadline

AASA extends the deadline until January 10, 2022




Registration Fee

The registration fee of $4,500 is due upon acceptance into the academy.


Please contact Valerie Truesdale at or Denise Wren at with any questions regarding the National Instructional Leader Academy.