Principal Leadership Academy, Summer 2023

The 2023-2024 school year will bring a unique opportunity
for school leaders to balance new learnings with proven practices
and strategies. Striking this balance will be crucial in accelerating
student learning and renewing teacher empowerment.

About the Academy

The District Administration Leadership Institute has developed
an academy for School District Principals to be refreshed and
challenged in leadership skills and knowledge by looking through
the lens of Systems, Culture, and Instruction as they continue
to grow as impactful leaders.

To meet ever changing needs in a digital age and continue to
provide equitable opportunities for all students, the Academy offers
school principals an opportunity to grow in their own professional
learning and to network with other leaders from across the country
for collective impact.

Cohort Dates

  • June 20, 2023, 11AM-3PM EST
  • June 21, 2023, 11AM-3PM EST
  • June 22, 2023, 11AM-3PM EST
  • June 23, 2023, 11AM-3PM EST

Location: Virtual

Registration Fee (due upon acceptance):

DALI Members – 1st Attendee is FREE! Additional Attendees: $600

Non-members – $850 per Attendee

Who Should Participate?

The Principal Leadership Academy is designed for school leaders who are charged with setting the vision and leading implementation of instructional services, which may include teaching and learning, curriculum, accountability and/or technology.

Successful completion of this program will provide leaders with valuable, targeted professional learning to turn possibilities into probabilities for all students.

Sample Learning Objectives

Develop and engage in professional learning communities focused
on the essential role of school and district instructional leadership
in supporting equitable opportunities for all students.

Examine each leader’s current school and district goals, practices,
and instructional systems through the lens of leading Culture,
Systems, and Instruction.

Develop shared understanding of and commitment to mission, vision,
and core values within the school and the community.

Leaders will be empowered to address change, troubleshoot
challenges and barriers, and identify the drivers they need to explicitly
plan and lay a foundation for the conditions that will support equitable opportunities for all students.

Overview of Topics:

  1. Organizational Structure/Governance
  2. Accountability
  3. Culture and Climate
  4. Continuous Improvement
  5. Assessment and Data Analysis
  6. Curriculum and Instruction
  7. Leading instructional Change
  8. Effective Feedback Practices
Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Send us an email to [email protected] or call us at (561) 622-0352.

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  • Amy Dujon
    Amy Dujon
    Director, District Administration Leadership Institute

    Amy Dujon brings over 20 years of leadership and instructional expertise to District Administration. Originally from Texas, Amy moved to south Florida for college and has lived there for the past 24 years. Previously, her leadership focus has been helping schools and districts throughout the United States to implement research-based systems to foster school improvement and increase student achievement. Amy spent the first 18 years of her career in the 10th largest public-school system where she served in a variety of instructional positions including Director of Leadership Development, Principal, and teacher. She is the author of “ The Gritty Truth of School Transformation: 8 phases to instructional rigor” and speaks nationally on the topics of leading instructional transformation, standards based planning and pedagogy, feedback to change practice, and effective instructional leadership.

    Amy oversees content development for our DA Leadership Institute programing and serves as lead for CAO summits. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children.

  • Dr. Neil Gupta
    Dr. Neil Gupta
    Superintendent, Oakwood City School

    After graduating from Miami University (Ohio), Neil Gupta began his teaching career at Ashland High School, Ohio. While teaching math, he obtained a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and then earned a doctoral degree from Educational Leadership from Ashland University. While in Ashland City Schools, Gupta worked as an Assistant Principal and the Director of Secondary Curriculum.

    Neil continued his leadership journey as the Director of Teaching and Learning at New Albany School District and later the Director of Assessment and Programming.

    Currently, Dr. Gupta serves as the Director of Secondary Education for Worthington Schools. He is fortunate to serve in a district with a vision and focus “to empower a community of learners who change the world”.

    Neil has presented at the state, national, and international level in the areas of leadership, assessments, and coaching. Dr. Gupta has a passion for administrative leadership, coaching teams, and working with teams using effective strategies and tools, such as design thinking and organizational management for positive change. He is an Associate with Creative Leadership Solutions.

    Dr. Gupta believes in giving back to his community and colleagues. Neil served on the Board of Directors for ASCD and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Ashland University and is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Worthington Resource Pantry. Gupta is a member of ASCD, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators.

    Neil resides in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and two boys. He enjoys reading, writing, playing Pickleball, and traveling.

  • Joe Sanfelippo
    Joe Sanfelippo
    Superintendent, Fall Creek School District

    Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, an MS in Educational Psychology, an MS in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Leadership, Learning, and Service. Joe co-authored multiple books, most recently Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love. He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader by the US Department of Education in 2016. Education Dive named Joe 1 of 5 K-12 Administrators to watch in 2018 and their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019.

  • Kimberly Vaught
    Kimberly Vaught
    Executive Director, Leadership Development, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Executive Director, Leadership Development, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  Kim is a results-driven educational leader with a proven record of converting low-performing schools to the highest-ranking schools in the state within just one academic year. As a three-time Principal of the Year recipient and EdD candidate, she utilizes her outstanding motivational and collaborative abilities to energize teachers and staff to provide the highest-quality learning environment for all students. She is a trusted mentor, and routinely provides professional development for principals, assistant principals, and staff members districtwide, leading to the creation of lifelong learners and future community leaders.