The Center for Innovative Leadership™

National Aspiring Principals Academy

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 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.

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.


Hamish Brewer

Principal, Fred M. Lynn Middle School

Woodbridge, VA

Andy Jacks

Principal, Ashland Elementary School

Manassas, VA


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