National Aspiring Principals Academy

National Aspiring Principals Academy

The National Aspiring Principals Academy is a joint partnership between AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and The National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP). This highly engaging year-long professional learning experience will directly bolster the effectiveness and preparation of all aspiring school principals across the nation. The academy follows a cohort model designed to support aspiring principals in acquiring the essential knowledge, skills and practices needed to advance to the next leadership level.

This standards-based professional learning opportunity will provide an insightful blend of theory and practice through in-person sessions and a virtual platform by highly skilled, nationally recognized educational leaders and mentors. Participants will implement learned strategies to address a problem of practice resulting in a culminating Capstone Project capturing their work. In collaboration with local jurisdictions, participants may be able to use this experience as part of their executive internship for administrative certification.

Applications are currently available and must be submitted no later than April 25, 2019 at


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2019-2020 Dates and Details:

Where: Alexandria, VA
Lead Instructors: Dr. Gail Pletnick, AASA and Eric Cardwell, NAESP.
Academy Dates:

    In-Person Meeting — July 21-22, 2019
    Virtual Meeting — September 18, 2019
    Virtual Meeting — October 16, 2019
    In-Person Meeting 2 — December 10-11, 2019
    Virtual Meeting — January 15, 2020
    Virtual Meeting — February 19, 2020
    Virtual Meeting — March 25, 2020
    In-Person Meeting 3: Capstone Presentations — April 29-30, 2020

 For additional information contact Katie Earley at