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Principal Leadership Institute


Applications are now closed for the 23-24 cohort.  We will open applications for the 24-25 cohort in the spring.

2023-2024 Principal Leadership Institute

The Principal Leadership Institute is a two-year program focusing on developing the leadership capacity of principals.  There are three pathways a principal can choose for a coaching focus – Distributive Leadership, Early Literacy (Science of Reading) Implementation, or First-Year Principals. Principal participants work alongside exemplary principal coaches using a Cognitive Coaching℠ framework. The program framework consists of job-embedded, actionable leadership seminars, monthly workshops, site visits and bi-weekly coaching sessions with principal 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 during the seminars.

Leadership Matters

Principals across the state of Colorado are working in complex, dynamic learning environments and leading in times of uncertainty. Colorado needs resilient leaders who are skilled to lead through the daily challenges and increasing pressures of public education.  Investing in principal coaching is the best way to ensure our leaders are equipped to lead effectively. 

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.

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PLI Pathways

There are three potential PLI pathways that participants will choose from. Use the buttons below to learn more about the PLI pathway options.

Distributive Leadership

Focuses on creating distributive leadership structures within a school

Early Literacy Implementation

Focuses on the implementation of literacy initiatives within a school

First Year Principals

Focuses on the needs of new building leaders

Principal Leadership Institute Timeline for 2023-2024



September 11-12, 2023 

Principal Leadership Institute Retreat (In person)

  • Leadership identity
  • Assessment of School Best Practices
  • Develop Individualized Learning and Coaching Plan
October 2023 – May 2024

Principals/Coaches Individualized Learning and Coaching Plan

  • Asynchronous Modules on Pathway Content
  • Site Visits to Participating Exemplary Schools
  • Anchor Text Reading
  • Cohort Networking Opportunities
  • Guest Speakers
  • Bright Spot School Visits
October 2023 – May 2024

Monthly Coaching Sessions with Assigned Principal Coach

Note: 60-minute coaching sessions - dates/times to be determined between principal coach and principal participant.

  • Coaching sessions to apply leadership practices
Staff Perception Surveys to see growths or shifts in practice
June 2024 - TBD

Principal Leadership Institute Symposium (in-person)

Cognitive Coaching Dates for Coaches in Training

  • September 25 & 26
  • November 13 & 14
  • January 22 & 23
  • February 26 & 27


Please contact Educator Development or Trish Malik, Leadership Development Specialist, for additional information.