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:

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

Previous Episodes

  • Episode 7: 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 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