National Principals and Principal Supervisors Academy Fellowships

Powerful professional development for school and systems leaders
Principals shake hands at the National Princpals Academy
Join a selective fellowship program
Learn from world-class faculty
Network with a diverse cohort
Bring your team for maximum impact
Josh Drake
In my position overseeing special education in Denver Public Schools, Relay has helped me lead the department to reinvision what quality professional learning truly looks like for educators.

— Josh Drake, Relay ‘16, National Principals Academy

Program Overview

The National Principals and Principal Supervisors Academy are fellowship programs that will prepare you, whether you are an aspiring principal or a principal supervisor, to become an instructional and cultural leader — not merely a building manager.

The National Principals and Principal Supervisors Academy approach emphasizes individualized, job-embedded practice. You will learn how to analyze student data, effectively support educators, and create positive school culture. You’ll review your performance coaching and developing educators with Relay faculty members, practice new approaches, and immediately apply what you learn to your own school contexts.

Academy Tracks


Our signature one-year fellowship program prepares current principals to become transformational leaders.


Principal supervisors join with their teams of principals to participate in a unique, yearlong opportunity to learn from expert supervisors and receive targeted feedback on their work managing principals across networks of schools in this program.


In 2017-18, Relay launched a new program designed specifically to build the instructional leadership skills of assistant principals, teacher leaders, and instructional coaches. In order to attend this intensive, one-week program, team members must have principals and/or principal supervisors enrolled in the Principals Academy or Principal Supervisors Academy tracks.

Relay believes that educational leadership is most powerful when school and network leaders work together to implement change across an entire school system. For this reason, we give priority to teams of district and network leaders in the National Principals Academy application process.

We will offer a modified version of the full-year Principals/Principal Supervisor Academy for those who have completed the ILPD program above and wish to come back to complete the full fellowship (the second part of summer intensive and the four weekend intersessions.

school leaders from over 25 states
participated in the Academy in 2019-20
Nine out of ten leaders say that their participation in the National Principal and Supervisors Academy improved their effectiveness as an instructional leader.