National Aspiring Principals Academy


The National Aspiring Principals Academy is a joint partnership between AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and The National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP). This highly engaging year-long professional learning experience will directly bolster the effectiveness and preparation of all aspiring school principals across the nation. The academy follows a cohort model designed to support aspiring principals in acquiring the essential knowledge, skills and practices needed to advance to the next leadership level.

This standards-based professional learning opportunity will provide an insightful blend of theory and practice through in-person sessions and a virtual platform by highly skilled, nationally recognized educational leaders and mentors. Participants will implement learned strategies to address a problem of practice resulting in a culminating Capstone Project capturing their work. In collaboration with local jurisdictions, participants may be able to use this experience as part of their executive internship for administrative certification.

Applications are currently available and must be submitted no later than September 10, 2021 at



2021-2022 Dates and Details:

Where: A combination of virtual and in person meetings in Alexandria, Va.
Lead Instructors: Gail Pletnick, AASA, and Eric Cardwell, NAESP.
Academy Dates:

  • October 18-19, 2021 - opening cohort meeting - Alexandria, Va.
  • November 3, 2021, 5pm-7pm - virtual
  • December 1, 2021, 5pm-7pm - virtual
  • January 5, 2022, 5pm-7pm - virtual
  • February 2, 2022, 5pm-7pm - virtual
  • March 2, 2022, 5pm-7pm - virtual
  • April 6, 2022, 5pm-7pm - virtual
  • May 4, 2022, 5pm-7pm - virtual
  • June 6-7, 2022 - closing cohort meeting/graduation - Alexandria, Va.

?For additional information contact Katie Earley at