Designing Leadership Academies for Principal Professional Learning

States and districts are addressing the need for high-quality principal professional learning, and some are taking advantage of opportunities in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to use federal Title II, Part A funds for supporting principal, assistant principal, principal supervisor, and other school-level leader professional learning. One way to support principals’ professional learning is through leadership academies, which are formal opportunities to build or refine leadership expertise.