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Principal Supervisor Network


The Principal Supervisor Network seeks to work with districts and principal supervisors with the aim of raising student achievement. The Principal Supervisor Network can help district leadership and principal supervisors consider ways their district systems and practices –primarily instructional leadership – can adapt to support school leaders and schools.

Information about the Principal Supervisor Network are available at the links below:


The Colorado Department of Education's Principal Supervisor Network (PSN) is a fellowship program that will support Local Education Providers in strengthening principals as instructional and cultural leaders. The PSN pushes leaders to think beyond managerial tasks and focuses support around the levers of leadership and the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement.

  1. Turnaround Leadership
  2. Talent Development
  3. Instructional Transformation
  4. Culture Shift

The PSN emphasizes individualized, job-embedded practice. Participants will learn how to support turnaround leadership, to develop and sustain talent, diagnose and respond to student learning needs, and build leaders capacity to engage students in a strong culture. Participants will review your performance with Colorado Department of Education (CDE) faculty members, practice innovative approaches, and immediately apply what you learn with your school leaders.

The Principal Supervisor Network leaders are a collective of educators working across various disciplines and contexts. They share a reputation for excellence and a focus on creating opportunities and improving lives, especially for underrepresented and underserved populations. Many of the networks leaders engage in public discourse around education issues and policies. Others lead professional developments to further improve educational support. Principal Supervisor Network participants develop collegial relationships with each other and find that they enjoy serving as a supportive hand to ensure success of principals, teachers, and ultimately students.

Application Process

Approximately $150,000 is available and participating Local Education Providers are eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 per principal supervisor to off-set travel costs and provide principal supervisors with resources to implement strategies learned in the network. CDE anticipates approving 3-5 applications for up to 15 participants.

An application training webinar will be held on Thursday, May 9 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Register for the webinar via EventBrite here.

If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please complete a Letter of Intent by Friday, May 10, 2019. You can submit a Letter of Intent via Survey Monkey here.

Applications will be due on Friday, May 24, 2019. You can access the application here.

For help with the application, please read the application 1-pager. You can access the application 1-pager here.

Application Timeline

Date Item
May 9 Application webinar
May 10 Intent to Apply Due
May 24 Part I Application Due
May 31 Applicants will be notified if they have qualified for an interview
June 4-7 Applicant Interviews
June 17 Participants notified of their acceptance into the Principal Supervisor Network
Late June Kick-off Convening for Participants


For Program Questions:

Andrew Schaefer, Turnaround Support Manager

For Budget/Fiscal Questions:

Evan Davis, Grants Fiscal Analyst

For Application Questions:

Kim Burnham, Senior Consultant