Welcome to the NEW New Jersey Leadership Academy – Series 4!

Using the PSEL Standards to Enhance School and District Leadership Capacity Through Quality Professional Learning

For three years, this partnership among NJASA, NJPSA, and FEA has provided educational leaders at all levels the opportunity to focus their professional learning on a specific topic of educational reform and learn together as a cohort. 2017-2018 participants will attend three courses, aligned to one specific standard within PSEL and Standard 10: School Improvement.

Revolutionizing Schools Through Shared Leadership: A Commitment to Building Successful Districts

Course 1 – Building Professional Community

Course 2 – Strengthening Shared Instructional Leadership

Course 3 – Sustaining Equitable Educational Opportunities

You will take these three courses with your cohort so that you can learn and grow together. Up to eight cohorts will be established during the year so that you can find the time and location that works best for you.  Each cohort is made up of educational leaders in varying roles, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, supervisors, directors, teacher leaders and others. NJLA works best when a team of two or more administrators and teacher leaders from a district sign up together.

To encourage participation, we have also made the following changes to the NJLA experience:

Content Linked to PSEL The PSEL Leadership Reflection and Growth Tool will be an integral part of the program. The goals of each session will be tightly aligned to the specific actions that leaders need to take in order to meet the standards. School and district teams will engage in conversations about how key leadership actions can impact school and district goals.

New Regional Locations — Recognizing the time involved in travel to the sessions, regional cohorts will now be offered at Bergen County Community College, Rowan College @Gloucester County, Brick Twp. PD Center, and FEA Conference Center

School and District Teams Are Encouraged — In an effort to highlight the importance of teacher leadership, we are encouraging both school and district leadership teams to attend, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, supervisors, directors, assistant principals, and teacher leaders.

Half-Day Sessions — In an effort to address the issue of juggling busy schedules, the NJLA sessions will be held from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Reduced Price — $450 for the three courses







Revolutionizing Schools Through Shared Leadership: A Commitment to Building Successful Districts

All three courses tie in to Standard 10: School Improvement, as well as one other specific standard

Course 1 – Building Professional Community

Standard 7: Professional Community for Teachers and Staff

Transforming the culture of a school and district into a cohesive community of learners requires leaders at all levels to have a toolbox of strategies for collaboration and shared leadership that:

  • Engages all educators in developing a mindset that embraces mutual accountability and collective responsibility;
  • Provides frequent opportunities for honest dialogue and conversation that employs continuous improvement as a way to ensure academic and professional growth;
  • Supports the work of professional learning communities by helping to establish a clear connection to student learning and ensuring appropriate resources (time, materials, data) are available to engage in the work;
  • Creates an environment in which job-embedded professional learning, collaborative inquiry and problem-solving promotes effective practice and improved student learning outcomes; and
  • Provides time and resources for the implementation of new learning with ongoing feedback from peers and school leaders that ensure outgoing growth of all professionals in the school or district.

Course 2 – Strengthening Shared Instructional Leadership

Standard 4: Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction

Integrating a model of shared instructional leadership throughout a district and/or within a school demands that leaders at all levels promote and support the implementation of coherent systems of curriculum, assessment, and instruction based on:

  • A shared mission and vision that establishes and models high expectation for curriculum, instruction, and assessment for educators, students, and members of the community;
  • A collaboratively developed viable standards-based curriculum that incorporates effective instructional practices integrated into relevant and challenging units of study;
  • A comprehensive assessment system that uses valid formative and summative assessments  of student learning to monitor and adjust instruction;
  • Effective data protocols that drive instruction, interventions, and professional learning; and
  • Observation cycles that use high quality evidence to provide feedback for enhancing instructional practices.

Course 3 – Sustaining Equitable Educational Opportunities

Standard 3: Equity and Cultural Responsiveness

The increasing diversity of school and district populations compels leaders to support all staff in developing the knowledge , skills, and attitudes to implement culturally responsive practices that promote each student’s success academically and socially by:

  • Collaboratively developing and employing culturally sensitive practices across the district that ensures all students are treated with respect and understanding related to the student’s culture and home environment;
  • Confronting and altering institutional biases and assumptions that can impede equitable educational opportunities for each student;
  • Supporting the collaborative development and communication of high expectations to the students and the community;
  • Leading staff in understanding the academic, cultural, and socio-emotional needs of each student and applying that learning to the implementation of culturally responsive instructional practices that allow for the diverse learning needs of each student; and
  • Working with staff to maintain an open and welcoming environment that promotes the diversity of the community and builds partnerships with all families.




NJLA participants who are not NJ-L2L participants pay $450 for the three courses.

Course 1
Course 2
Course 3
 Cohort 6
at Brick Twp. PD Center
 Jan. 31, 2018
 Mar. 14, 2018
 May 22, 2018
 Register for Series 4, Cohort 6
Cohort 7  at FEA
 Feb. 23, 2018
 Apr. 12, 2018
 June 5, 2018
 Register for Series 4, Cohort 7 –


Bergen County Community College

Technology Education Center (TEC), Room 128

400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652

(Park in lot B. If full, park in lot A.)


Brick Township Professional Development Center

101 Hendrickson Ave., Brick, NJ 08724


Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA)

12 Centre Drive, Monroe, NJ 08831


Rowan College @ Gloucester County

Business and Corporate Center, Rooms 502 and 503

1400 Tanyard Road, Sewell, NJ 08080

(Park in lot E)


 Every participant will be provided with an easily adaptable Professional Development Plan (PDP), aligned to the new PSEL

Sample PDP for Directors

Sample PDP for Principals

Sample PDP for Supervisors

Sample PDP for CSAs


Professional Standards for Educational Leaders

1. Mission, Vision, and Core Values

2. Ethics and Professional Norms

3. Equity and Cultural Responsiveness

4. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

5. Community of Care and Support for Students

6. Professional Capacity of School Personnel

7. Professional Community for Teachers and Staff

8. Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community

9. Operations and Management

10. School Improvement



Seasoned educational leaders, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, directors, and supervisors, join with newer administrators in the New Jersey Leaders to Leaders (NJL2L) program as a cohort, which allows you to learn from colleagues in your position, as well as other leadership positions, giving you a broader view of the educational landscape. NJLA can serve as a pipeline for leadership development with your district, as teacher leaders learn from and collaborate with principals , supervisors, and administrators at all levels.

What did some of the Year 3 participants say about the New Jersey Leadership Academy?


The workshop gave me an opportunity to create an action plan and think more about how to actually implement some of the ideas on assessment and PLCs that we discussed.

Assistant Principal – Series 3, Cohort 1


I thought the videos contextualized what we were learning. Also liked the way we created a useful product (action plan).

Curriculum Supervisor – Series 3, Cohort 2


This validated the work that we do. The workshop gave me real ideas that I can use with my staff right now?

High School Principal – Series 3, Cohort 3


This is the second year we have brought a team of educators to Leadership Academy. We find the session valuable and an opportunity to discuss issues affecting our school district.

Assistant Superintendent – Series 3, Cohort 4


I appreciated the chance to reflect on all three leadership workshops and build coherence. It is easy to get lost in the idealism of leadership but asking us to reflect and record concrete ideas on the strategicaction planning chart helped me to walk away with goals for next year.

Supervisor of Mathematics –Series 3, Cohort 5


The Leadership Academy provided great information. I particularly enjoyed the microlab during the third workshop.

Superintendent – Series 3, Cohort 6



Learn more about NJLA by clicking on our brochure