Curriculum

Paul Bambrick works with a black female principal

Curriculum Overview

We have developed the Relay Framework for Effective School Leadership based on the careful study of best practices by our senior faculty. While enrolled in the National Principals and Principal Supervisors Academy Fellowships, you will focus on the following elements of instructional leadership:

  • Developing a vision for strategic leadership
  • Executing effective instructional planning
  • Using data to drive instruction
  • Creating a positive culture of high expectations for students
  • Building an aligned staff culture  
  • Leading adult professional development
  • Delivering effective observation and feedback sessions

The majority of classroom assignments consist of video submissions of participants in action observing and providing feedback to teachers and principals, and other authentic work samples (e.g., professional development plans, reflections on leadership).

"The best schools are brimming with positive energy. Their students aren’t only learning a lot and performing well on tests — they’re also having fun."

Deliver A+ Feedback

To be a successful leader, you have to empower others to reach their potential.  You’ll learn how to observe and coach your teachers and principals to greatness. Our faculty will help you focus on the aspects of instructional leadership that will make the biggest difference in your student outcomes. We’ll also help you prepare for challenging conversations with staff.

Drive Learning with Data

It’s difficult to change what you don’t measure. As a fellow, you’ll collect and analyze instructional data that shed light on your team’s success and areas for improvement. By knowing what to measure, and how to make sense of it, you’ll be ready to lead the way for your teachers and leadership teams.

Create Joyful Culture

The best schools are brimming with positive energy. Their students aren’t only learning a lot and performing well on tests — they’re also having fun. As a Fellow, you’ll learn how to develop a school-wide culture that actively encourages and supports student growth.

Relay’s leadership faculty and content architects include Uncommon Schools' Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, author of  Driven by Data, Leverage Leadership, and  Great Habits, Great Readers; Uncommon Schools' Doug Lemov, author of  Teach Like a Champion, Teach Like a Champion 2.0, and  Practice Perfect; Dave Levin, Co-Founder of KIPP and Co-Founder of the Character Lab; and Uncommon Schools’ Julie Jackson, winner of Teach For America’s Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership.

The skills I learned at Relay helped me adjust my practices to become a better leader.

— Linda Slothower, National Principals Academy ‘15