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Principal Leadership Institute

2021-22 Principal Leadership Institute

The Principal Leadership Institute is a one-year program* where principal participants will work alongside exemplary principals using a coaching framework. The program framework will be job-embedded and will include actionable leadership seminars, monthly workshops, site visits and coaching sessions with principal coaches (in virtual and in-person environments (to be mutually determined between principal participants and coaches)). The philosophy of this model builds in high levels of support for leaders (via principal coaches) throughout the program to sustain and integrate the skills and behaviors learned throughout the seminar.

*Pending COVID-19 guidance we're anticipating that the 2021-22 program will be mostly virtual moving toward in-person June 2022 (end-of-year activity).

Theory of Action

IF principals can build systems that create a sense of collective teacher efficacy and a culture and climate that empowers, THEN teacher retention and satisfaction will increase, and this will have a positive impact on student learning outcomes.

Principal participants will achieve learning outcomes around increased teacher collective efficacy and positive culture and climate in schools via six (6) Key Leverage Points:

  • Understand Leadership Identity
  • Establish Trust in Schools
  • Utilize Adaptive Schools Tools of Collaboration
  • Incorporate Distributive Leadership Practices
  • Build Teacher Capacity
  • Create Collaborative Groups

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Click here to watch a short video highlighting 2020-21 PLI principals!

Principal Leadership Institute Timeline for 2021-22



September 2021

Principal Leadership Institute - Leadership Insights (two 3-hour virtual sessions with The Flippen Group)

October 2021 through
May 2022   








Monthly Distributive Leadership Seminars* (via Zoom)

  • Seminar includes 90-minute Distributive Leadership content with parallel pedagogical framework, immediately followed by
  • 60-minute breakout sessions with principal coach to set actionable goals based on content learned

*Monthly Distributive Leadership Seminar Topics:

  • Leadership Identity: Who Am I and How Do I Lead with My Strengths
  • Understanding the Why Behind Prioritizing Relationships and Connections
  • Embracing the Climate and Reinforcing the School Culture
  • The Six Elements of Distributive Leadership
  • Developing Healthy, High-Functioning and Collaborative Teams
  • Deepening Trust Through Creating Feedback Loops
  • Conflict as a Resource: Navigating Conflict
  • Working with Unmanageable Problems

October 2021 through
May 2022



Monthly Coaching Sessions with Assigned Principal Coach and Participating Principals

  • 60-minute coaching session dates and times to be determined by principal coach and principal participant
  • Site visits and/or virtual visits to participating exemplary schools to see examples of distributive leadership in action
  • Coaching sessions to apply Distributive Leadership practices
  • Formative assessments to see growths or shifts in practice

June 2022

Principal Leadership Institute Culminating Celebration (format TBD)

Application Window for the 2021-22 Principal Leadership Institute Opens July 1!

Principals interested in applying for the 2021-22 Principal Leadership Institute are asked to complete the application process outlined below:

  1. Complete the PLI Applicant Questionnaire (PDF Fillable Form) 

    • ​​​NOTE: Be sure to select "Save As" to save the completed form on your desktop so you can upload it into the Application Form.

    • Use the naming convention: Last Name, First Name PLI (i.e.: Hamasaki, Robyn PLI)

  2. Complete the 2021-22 Principal Leadership Institute Application Form and upload your completed Applicant Questionnaire

The application window for the 2021-22 Principal Leadership Institute is July 1 - August 6, 2021.

Never too early to start thinking about next year. A printable flyer for the 2021-22 Principal Leadership Institute is available for sharing.


Please contact Robyn Hamasaki, School Leadership Development Specialist at for additional information.