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Principal Leadership Institute

2020-21 Principal Leadership Institute

The Principal Leadership Institute is a one-year, completely virtual 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, and coaching sessions with principal coaches (all in a virtual environment). 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.

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

Principal Leadership Institute Timeline for 2020-21



September 2020

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

October 2020 - May 2021   









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 During Unprecedented Times
  • Understanding Current Reality and the Why Behind Prioritizing Relationships and Connections During Virtual Times
  • Virtually Embracing the Climate and Reinforcing the School Culture
  • The Confident and Skilled Facilitator During Virtual Times
  • Building Awareness of Teams Virtually & Deepening Trust
  • Developing High Functioning Collaborative Teams in Virtual Times
  • Conflict as a Resource: Navigating Conflict Virtually
  • Working with Unmanageable Problems Virtually

October 2020 - May 2021




Monthly Coaching Sessions (virtual) 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 2021

Principal Leadership Institute Culminating Celebration (format TBD)

Applications Closed for 2020-21

Applications are closed for the 2020-21 school year, however, watch this space for a chance to apply to next year's PLI! 

Principals interested in applying for the 2020-21 Principal Leadership Institute are asked to complete the application process outlined below:

  1. Complete an Applicant Questionnaire (PDF 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. Fill out the Application Form and upload your completed Applicant Questionnaire

The deadline to apply for the 2020-21 Principal Leadership Institute was Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Never too early to start thinking about next year. View the flyer to learn more! View a printable flyer for the 2020-21 Principal Leadership Institute.


Please contact Robyn Hamasaki, School Leadership Development Specialist, at or (720) 766-9302 for additional information.