Leadership Team

The Leadership Team Program provides intentional programming to foster personal growth and offer targeted skill development. As a member of the cohort, participants will develop their leadership identity, learn to navigate complex relationships within their school and region, and connect with passionate and reflective leaders from across the country.


The Leadership Team Program provides rigorous and relevant learning experiences, including:

  • Orientation: A three-day orientation in May to provide an overview of the program along with opportunities for team-building and training
  • Summer Institute: Intensive five weeks of coursework, taught by dynamic faculty and educational leaders, in a university setting. New concepts uncovered in classroom discussions link to practical application through collaborative peer groups known as Learning Teams and through individualized coaching with a Leadership Guide.
  • Intersessions: Three weekend retreats (Intersessions) in fall and winter for further development in the role
  • Individualized development: Creation of Individualized Leadership Plan that determines individualized support, including a Leadership Guide, to maximize strengths and develop weaknesses
  • Graduate Degree and Administrative Credential (Optional): Opportunity to pursue a MA in Educational Leadership and an administrative credential through National-Louis University

Because of connections made with colleagues, learning extends far beyond the formal coursework itself and continues through the invaluable network that is built over the course of the year.


The Leadership Team Program, designated for leaders in roles such as assistant principal or dean, is designed to prepare participants for their new school-wide responsibilities in leadership and management. Aligned with the KIPP Leadership Competency Model, the overarching goals of the Leadership Team Program aim to empower participants to:

  • Shift their perspective from teacher to leader as they critically think about school-based problems and decisions that involve multiple stakeholders
  • Strengthen their ability to communicate effectively and adjust their communication style across broad audiences
  • Practice methods to impact and influence a wide variety of stakeholders to support the school’s vision, goals, and values
  • Acquire new skills for managing others, including learning how to set and monitor teachers’ performance goals and holding others accountable for results
  • Develop strategies to effectively coach and mentor teachers
  • Increase their instructional leadership repertoire to drive student achievement gains
  • Experience the power of the cohort through formal and informal problem-solving and thought partnership opportunities with talented peers in similar roles



For more information, email kslp@kipp.org.


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