Instructional Leadership Academy

Thank you for your interest in the 2024-2025 ILA program! At this time, the application is not yet open. 


Please email Program Manager Hannah Tran () to be updated when we launch.


Never have the stakes been higher for our students to attend great schools. Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders believes that great schools require great leaders. We are proud to offer the Instructional Leadership Academy, which supports Philadelphia principals to drive results for students by improving the instructional systems and structures in their schools. In particular, the program focuses on leveraging teacher coaching, professional learning time, and data-driven instruction to raise the bar for student learning. In addition, participants are paired with an Instructional Leadership Coach for individualized coaching each month (in addition to the monthly sessions) to maximize principal growth in these areas.


Interested in learning more? Register for an upcoming information session.



You are an ideal Instructional Leadership Academy candidate if you are:

  • A current principal at a school in Philadelphia who is committed to staying in your role at least three more years and in the city of Philadelphia for the long term.
  • A leader in a school with a positive culture and climate and is ready to focus on instruction.
  • Hungry and poised to take your instructional program to the next level, and therefore, increase student growth and achievement.
  • Prepared to be pushed in your practice by a coach who will challenge and support you to get out of your comfort zone.
  • Eager to coach your teachers directly using a “research based teacher development framework” and develop a full blown coaching system.
  • Ready to improve your use of professional learning time to maximize the impact on teacher practice.
  • Excited to analyze quantitative and qualitative data to set goals, progress monitor, and strategically adjust plans for student learning.
  • Able to manage your calendar and prioritize fulfilling all program commitments with fidelity (attending and actively engaging in all sessions and coaching).


During the one-year program, participants will:

  • Set goals, work towards them, and measure progress against core academic goals.
  • Develop instructional systems and structures around coaching, professional learning, and data use for school-wide academic improvement.
  • Build your coaching, planning/facilitation, and data analysis skills and then turn key learnings to develop your own staff.
  • Participate in monthly development sessions with other participants, including:
    • A two-day in-person kick-off over the summer of 2024.
    • Monthly in-person sessions during the school year (3 hours each).
  • Actively engage in two hours of individualized coaching from a designated Instructional Leadership Coach (on-site and virtual).
  • Develop a diverse network of principal colleagues to learn from and alongside.

“[As a result of the program’s sessions and coaching] Tasks are aligned to grade-level instruction. Teachers are more data-driven. PLCs are more meta-cognitive and focused on standards. Teachers are seeing SGPs they’ve never seen before.”


Chantal Barr

Principal, James R. Lowell Elementary
2023 Instructional Leadership Academy Participant 

Selection Criteria

The selection process identifies principals who are poised to take their instructional leadership skills and their schools’ performance to the next level.  Successful candidates demonstrate an ability to:

  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to Philadelphia’s schools and students
  • Reflect, accurately assess own strengths and growth areas, solicit candid feedback, and actively pursue ongoing growth opportunities
  • Hold self and others accountable for improving student outcomes based on a belief that all children can achieve at high levels
  • Create a safe, respectful, supportive, and inclusive environment that prepares all students, particularly students in poverty and students of color, to pursue and achieve their life aspirations.
  • Use data to identify and prioritize problems, inform decisions, and implement effective solutions.
  • Facilitate student mastery of standards through data-driven instruction and effective instructional practices



Applicants must be principals serving students in Philadelphia’s district, charter, or faith-based schools and possess at least one full year of experience as principal prior to starting the program (2024–2025 must be at least the second full year of principal experience).


The Commitment

Successful candidates must commit to full participation in the program, including attending all sessions (Summer Kick-Off in July and monthly sessions September through May) and monthly coaching appointments.


Candidates must also demonstrate a strong commitment to Philadelphia and remain committed as a school or school system leader in Philadelphia for two or three years after program completion.


Interested in applying?

Thank you for your interest in the 2024-2025 ILA program! At this time, applications are not yet open. 

Please email Program Manager Hannah Tran () to be updated when we launch.


Contact Program Director Matt Kelley ( or 773.308.4630) or Program Manager Hannah Tran ().