National Principal Leadership Academy:

Dr. Patricia Garcia


Geneva City School District
Geneva, NY
(Term expires 10/22)...

The National Principal Leadership Academy supports the leadership development of aspiring and novice principals. This ALAS and NABSE collaborative will provide aspiring principals, assistant principals, as well as first and second-year principals to participate in a year-long academy.

The curriculum and assignments will be equity-centric for leading staff and serving our marginalized and students of color. We are focused on those who are looking to move into the principal position within two-years.

Please read the information below for program requirements, selection criteria, selection decisions, and program session attendance.

To apply: 

ALAS will be accepting applications for Cohort I (2021 -2022) March-May 31st 2021.

To recruit and prepare Latin/o/a/x school system leaders to become superintendents of school districts in the United States with an emphasis on Latin/o/a/x- serving school districts having a population of Latin/o/a/x students 20% or higher.

A yearlong leadership academy that allows participants to learn current organizational leadership proficiency in a hybrid learning environment from superintendents who are known for their success and skilled in their practice.

The mission of the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy (SLA) is to improve and expand opportunities for emerging school system leaders to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to serve all children with an emphasis on marginalized students.

ALAS seeks dedicated and aspiring Latin/o/a/x aspiring administrators and current 2-3 years principals in their development of the knowledge and networking skills necessary to lead a school of high quality and transformative practices.  The selection process is highly competitive due to the limited number of participants as designed by the cohort model. Ideally, candidates are serving as teacher leaders, assistant principals or novice principal positions.  In addition, a candidate should have:

  • Served in a leadership position for a minimum of 2 years
  • A proven track record of leadership in a school setting
  • Ability to understand, lead school transformation 
  • High level of energy, determination, and perseverance to act as an advocate for students, staff and the community at-large
  • Ability to learn quickly, possess analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work and succeed as a school system leader, in a school district that serves all children with an emphasis on Latino, Black and marginalized students
  • Commitment to equity, excellence, for a high quality education for all students
  • Passion for improving public education and a long-term commitment to PK-12 education
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of ALAS

All applications are reviewed by the ALAS PLA Selection Committee after the application window closes on May 31 of each year. The ALAS PLA Selection Committee Members have a strong understanding of the skills needed to succeed as a principal. Candidates selected to move forward in the application process will be notified of an interview to take place in June notification on acceptance to the program will be made immediately to the candidates following the interviews.

Participants are required to attend program sessions every other month (except for December and March) beginning in July and ending in May of the following year. The program is comprised of 4 virtual and 2 in-person sessions covering various content strands. Participants are provided required readings, assignments, and activities as part of each session.

  • All Principal Leadership Academy participants must be members of ALAS or NABSE.
  • All PLA participants will pledge to attend all sessions of the PLA including the ALAS Education Summit.
  • The Principal Leadership Academy participants will be required to pay a $1,500 registration fee.
  • The PLA will cover most meals while at the in-person sessions.
  • PLA participants are required to self pay lodging and airfare to attend in-person PLA sessions.
  • ALAS reserves the right to make necessary adjustments to these program requirements as circumstance may change from time to time.

NOTE: Participants will be dismissed and not be allowed to complete the program if they miss more than one session; if they are not ready to fully participate in this high quality leadership program; or if they are not committed to the ideals of the PLA by violating the Code of Conduct.