What is the New Leader Academy?

High-quality instructional leadership is essential to the success of schools. The principal is in a position to ensure that high-quality teaching and learning are at the core of the campus culture. As instructional champions, a new leader’s primary role is to build the capacity of teachers and to ensure that every student has access to high-quality instruction. At the same time, new leaders must manage the day-to-day operations of the campus, while looking beyond the school year. Coaching, along with valuable support systems throughout the year, is critical to building a strong base for success in the early years of the principalship.


In the year-long membership, campus leaders from around the state will learn to simplify common leadership challenges, clarify their vision of an effective school, establish core values, and develop the foundational skills for effective school leadership. The members of the New Leader Academy will be invited to live webinars, and they will have ongoing support throughout the year.


Common themes

  • Current hot topics in education
  • Identifying and using personal leadership strengths
  • Exploring high-yield lead4ward data tools and instructional strategies at the application level for principals
  • Sharing ways to foster a sustainable culture of improvement, collaboration, and inclusivity for all
  • Developing a strong leadership team through the Leading Learning Series



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2022-2023 membership

Membership year – June 1-May 31

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year-long support

6 live webinars

New leader guide

Tools and resources

Access to video library

Bonus session: in-person kick-off September 21, 2022

audience and questions

Principals and assistant principals new to
 profession and/or lead4ward

email [email protected]

2022-23 live webinar calendar (9 AM central)

jun 21 – setting the vibe for the year

sept 13 – professional learning communities

oct 18 – school RtI systems

dec 6 – reflecting & reframing for second semester

jan 17 – the principal & accountability: practical next steps

mar 7 – focus & feedback

apr 4 – planning ahead


Sophia Acevedo

Sophia Acevedo is the 2021 Texas recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Terrell Bell award. As principal, Sophia led her school to several TEA distinctions, including being named a National Blue-Ribbon campus. Read more–>