National Aspiring Principals Academy (NAPA)

Are you a teacher leader, an assistant principal, or an early career principal searching for quality professional learning to take your leadership to the next level? Are you a district leader committed to building a strong, diverse principal pipeline? NAPA will support these goals.

Program Overview

NAPA is a joint partnership between NAESP and AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Delivered by nationally recognized educational leaders and mentors, NAPA is a yearlong cohort-based academy designed  to support aspiring, assistant, and early career principals in attaining the essential skills and practices needed to advance to the next level  of leadership.

Academy and Application Details

NAPA prepares aspiring and early career principals to lead forward with creativity, vision, and an eye on equity. Based on the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, the academy uses an applied approach that includes addressing lessons learned in real time. Curriculum topics include:

  • Knowing Yourself as a Leader
  • Communication and Situational Leadership
  • Leading and Connecting
  • The Principal as Instructional Leader
  • The Principal’s Role in Providing Feedback and Building Professional Learning Communities
  • The Principal’s Role in Addressing Critical Issues and Trends
  • Supervision and Human Capital Management

  • June 1, 2021—application submission open
  • September 10, 2021—application submission deadline
  • September 17, 2021—applicants notified of admission status
  • October 18–19, 2021—virtual opening cohort meeting, 5:00 – 7:30 pm ET
  • November 3, 2021—virtual cohort meeting, 5:00–7:00 pm ET
  • December 1, 2021—virtual cohort meeting, 5:00–7:00 pm ET
  • January 5, 2022—virtual cohort meeting, 5:00–7:00 pm ET
  • February 2, 2022—virtual cohort meeting, 5:00–7:00 pm ET
  • March 2, 2022—virtual cohort meeting, 5:00–7:00 pm ET
  • April 6, 2022—virtual cohort meeting, 5:00–7:00 pm ET
  • May 4, 2022—virtual cohort meeting, 5:00–7:00 pm ET
  • June 6–7, 2022—closing cohort meeting/graduation in Alexandria, VA

The $3,500 registration fee will be invoiced upon acceptance to the National Aspiring Principals Academy. Registration fee includes training, learning management system, all course materials, and meals for any in-person sessions. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and travel expenses for any in-person sessions.

If you have questions about future cohort availability or other aspects of NAPA, please contact Katie Earley at or 703-518-6264.

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