NAESP Centers for Advancing Leadership

The NAESP Centers for Advancing Leadership provide focused learning and development for elementary and middle-level principals throughout the nation.

Overview 

While similar in nature, each Center will develop its own approach to deepen and broaden learning focused on the learning interests of participants.  Each Center is led by fellows who are well-respected, experienced leaders with a track record of connecting with colleagues and creating powerful professional networks.  The role of the fellows is to facilitate learning and professional growth related to current and emerging issues; identify and share best practices, current research and resources; promote the essential leadership role of the principal; and create a network of colleagues with an interest in expanding their learning. Leaders who choose to participate in learning through the Centers will share experiences with colleagues while moving at their own pace.  Leaders can choose to participate in more than one Center and are encouraged to explore topics that will benefit them as professionals.

Meet the Senior Fellow

Andy Jacks, Ed.D

Senior Fellow, Centers for Advancing Leadership
ajacks@naesp.org

Andy Jacks, Principal at Ashland Elementary in Manassas Virginia, is a well-respected and experienced leader with a track record of connecting with colleagues and creating powerful professional networks. Jacks’ role is to facilitate learning and professional growth related to current and emerging issues; identify and share best practices, current research and resources; promote the essential leadership role of the principal; and create a network of colleagues with an interest in expanding their learning. 

Centers  

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Center for Diversity Leadership

The Center for Diversity Leadership focuses on promoting best practices and sharing resources related to cultural responsiveness and inclusion leading to a deeper understanding among all leaders on how to address the needs of each student.

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Center for Innovative Leadership

The Center for Innovative Leadership works to highlight transformative and innovative practices and strategies that serve as a catalyst for shaping the long-term impact of school improvement efforts.

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Center for Middle-Level Leadership

The Center for Middle-Level Leadership focuses on providing the exceptional skills and support that middle-level administrators need to lead outstanding schools with high levels of student achievement.

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Center for Women in Leadership

The Center for Women in Leadership is dedicated to the strategic study of women administrators and the unique challenges that they face as educational leaders because of their gender.

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