Center for Innovative Leadership®

The Center for Innovative Leadership®, created to improve and expand the support of principals as 21st century leaders in achieving the highest results for children, families and communities, has the focus and strategic design to help principals and learning communities achieve optimal results for every child.Principals face many challenges in leading for the 21st century. Transformation in schools, school systems, and communities in the United States and around the world have greatly expanded the leadership role of principals.

The primary purpose of The Center for Innovative Leadership is to disseminate transformative practices and strategies that will serve as a catalyst for creating a lasting foundation for principal learning, driving school and student performance, and shaping the long-term impact of school improvement efforts.

CIL Video Podcast

The first of its kind, The Center for Innovative Leadership Video Podcast focuses on the challenges, successes, and innovations of an everyday principal. Join Hamish Brewer and Andy Jacks as they chat with school leaders from across the country about the outstanding and innovative work they are doing.

Latest Episode: Youth Court: Giving Students Ownership Over Restorative Discipline Practices


In this NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership video podcast, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Tennessee middle school principal Kevin Armstrong about giving students ownership over restorative practices with Youth Court. Read more

Previous Episodes

  • Episode 15: Meeting Students’ Needs During School Closures
    In this NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership video podcast, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Virginia middle school principal Chuck Moss about meeting students’ needs during school closures and positioning the middle school as its own standout entity in the school district. Read more | Watch

  • Episode 14: Shifting from Parental Involvement to Parental Engagement
    In this NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership video podcast, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Maryland principal Ryan Daniel about shifting from parental involvement to parental engagement. Read more | Watch

  • Episode 13: Finding Success as a New Principal (Again)
    In this NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership video podcast, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with California principal Todd Schmidt and Texas principal Matt Arend about being veteran principals who change schools, finding themselves once again in the role of new principal, and about how that presents its own set of challenges. Read more | Watch

  • Episode 12: Finding A Support Network And Giving Students A Voice
    In this NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership video podcast, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Kansas principal Kelley Begley McCall about finding a support network outside of her immediate community, giving students a voice, and improving unsuccessful initiatives with teacher buy-in. Read more | Watch

  • Episode 11: Getting Students Active In School And In The Community
    In this NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership video podcast, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Kansas middle school principal Don Epps about getting the most out of the school day for students and staff and helping students find ways to become active in their community. Read more | Watch
  • Episode 10: A Focus on Character Development for All Students
    In this NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership video podcast, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Texas principal Amber Teamann about combining academics with character-development to build positive experiences for all kids. Read more | Watch
  • Episode 9: Early Childhood Education: Bringing Curriculum to Life
    In our first NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership video podcast of 2020, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk about engaging early childhood students and bringing curriculum to life with Massachusetts principal Kim Taylor. Read more | Watch
  • Episode 8: Tornado Alley: Keeping Students SafePhysically and EmotionallyDuring Storms
    In an interview for the NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Oklahoma principal Scott Hein about keeping students safe during destructive storms, helping students get the most out of their education, and making every student feel special. Read more | Watch now
  • Episode 7: Health And Wellness: Bringing The Outside Inside
    In an interview for the NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Pennsylvania principal Steve Smith about creating a welcoming school environment by bringing together the school and the community and bringing the outside inside to support student wellness. Read more | Watch now
  • Episode 6: Improving An F Rating In A High-Trauma School
    In an interview for the NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Florida principal Cindy Emerson about helping students who’ve experienced trauma and improving an F rating. Read more | Watch now
  • Episode 5: Use Grant Funding to Extend Learning Beyond the School Walls
    In their fifth principal interview for the NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Connecticut principal Diane MacKinnon about using grant funding to renovate an outdoor learning space that created a fantastic space and taught students new skills to help their families to transform spaces in their homes, too. Read more | Watch now
  • Episode 4: Create Unique Learning Spaces and Retain Quality Teachers
    In their fourth principal interview for the NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Georgia principal Bivins Miller about creating authentic and unique learning spaces and recruiting and retaining quality teachers. Read more | Watch now
  • Episode 3: A Safe Place for Students to Learn and Have Fun
    In this inerview series, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with South Boston principal Craig Martin about building resilience in students who face challenges in their lives. Read more | Watch now
  • Episode 2: Learning Spaces Students and Teachers Can Get Excited About
    In their second principal interview for the NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk with Minnesota principal Curtis Slater about innovative strategies to lead change through the messages the school sends to students and the community and to redesign learning spaces. Read more | Watch now
  • Episode 1: What’s In Your Trophy Case? Students!
    In their first principal interview for the Center for Innovative Leadership, Andy Jacks and Hamish Brewer talk innovative strategies to create a welcoming school climate with California principal Jessica Gomez. Read more | Watch now

Fellows

Hamish Brewer

Principal, Fred M. Lynn Middle School

Woodbridge, VA
hbrewer@naesp.org

Andy Jacks

Principal, Ashland Elementary School

Manassas, VA
ajacks@naesp.org