Foundations of Principal Supervision

Foundations of Principal Supervision is a 10-month blended learning program that builds the leadership skills of new and experienced district leaders who supervise and support principals. When you join this program, you join a community of 73 principal supervisors working across 27 districts in 15 states, who collectively reach 800 principals and 450,000 students.

July 2019 through April 2020, in-person and online
Tuition: $5,000 per person

The program includes four primary learning components:

  • Summer Institute: July 15-19, 2019 in New York City 
    • Ongoing virtual learning community
    • Year-end Convening: Spring 2020 at location TBD
    • Four 1:1 coaching sessions

Foundations of Principal Supervision unpacks the role and impact of the principal supervisor and focuses on required skills and competencies including instructional leadership; coaching and supervision (and balancing the two to develop principals); leading for equity and access; and data analysis to support planning, decision making, and feedback. Participants practice and refine these skills in authentic simulations and receive feedback from facilitators and peers. They work with real data and data visualizations from their districts, giving them practical hands-on experience that reflect the challenges they will encounter on the job and the opportunity to prepare actionable plans for the upcoming school year.

The learning  experience is intimate and varied.  Participants learn from large and small group discussion, problems of practice, case studies, learning walks, school visits, virtual sharing and collaboration, and individual coaching.

Cohorts typically range in size from 20 to 30 participants. Each cohort is guided by 2 facilitators (both former district leaders) who are supplemented by subject matter experts in specific skill/competency areas as well as sitting superintendents and other district leaders. 

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"Foundations of Principal Supervision absolutely changed my role as a principal supervisor. In the past, I would conduct a required school visit, check in, and if everything looked good, I would head to the next school. Now I observe instruction and professional learning, sit down with the principals, try to see how I can best support them, and help them reflect about their own practice in order to improve student achievement. My practice now is drastically different from how I used to operate.”

- John Key, Elementary Director, Fort Wayne Community Schools, Indiana

Meet the Facilitators


David Rease is a National Designer and Facilitator for the Leadership Academy. Since joining us he has been busy designing curriculum and facilitating professional learning for clients such as Somerville Public Schools (MA) and Kentwood Public Schools (MI).

David previously served as the Executive Director for the Office of Continuous Systemic Improvement in Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD) for five years where he worked to create coherence in how the central offices and schools approached continuous improvement by leveraging the Data Wise Improvement Process. He was previously a teacher in Durham Public Schools (NC), an instructional facilitator with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and a consultant with McRel International.

David holds a B.A. in History from Columbia University, an MAT in secondary social studies from Duke University, and a Doctor of Education Leadership degree from Harvard University.

Derick Spaulding works with school systems across the country to build school and district leadership capacity and facilitate continuous adult learning. As a national facilitator, Derick works directly with current and aspiring principals, principal supervisors, and superintendents. In addition to facilitating leadership development programs, Derick also serves as an executive coach to district leaders in several states where he helps them establish and work toward concrete goals while providing them with objective feedback In addition, he supports the organization’s vision for equity by serving as a member of NYCLA’s Equity Leadership Team which is responsible for keeping equity at the core of the organization’s work.

Derick brings more than 13 years of experience in education to his work. His commitment to serving students of color in the underserved and under-resourced community where he grew up drove him towards a career as a teacher and then as founding principal of Emolior Academy Middle School in the Bronx, a school which remains one of the highest performing schools in the district. TNTP named Derick a District Exemplar Case Study of Practice in 2016 for his exemplary distributed leadership and capacity building systems. He also received the New York State Senate Educational Leadership Award.