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Next Generation Leadership Academy

Next Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA) provides training for aspiring school leaders in instructional, transformational and organizational leadership through a combination of coursework and practical application. The program enables participants to become effective, motivated, supportive school principals who can diagnose the needs of their schools, guide and develop teachers, and manage their schools with a focus on student achievement.

The program also includes a residency program under the guidance of an outstanding mentor principal. It involves 60 aspiring principals and 30 mentors from public schools in the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico.

All NGLA sessions are held in the Jepson Alumni Center.

Application Process

  • Application deadline: September 1
  • Application form: Fillable/savable PDF (complete and save to your computer)

Candidates selected to participate in the NGLA are expected to demonstrate the following professional dispositions:

  • Belief that every child can learn;
  • Commitment to reflect on experiences to grow and develop;
  • Possession of written and verbal skills to communicate with clarity, conciseness, and appropriateness to multiple audiences;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, such as valuing perspective and treating people with respect;
  • Ability to identify quality teaching and enable students to attain results despite significant challenges;
  • Ability to work proactively to solve problems and reach effective solutions.

School divisions have oversight over the selection of participants for the NGLA. The NGLA application must be completed by each participant and submitted to the Center at the conclusion of the division’s selection process. In addition, the Center strongly recommends that the school division interview each candidate.

Submitting the Application

Please complete the application, save with file name of CLE-App, and ATTACH THE ELECTRONIC COPY by e-mail to the appropriate person as listed below.

Richmond City Public Schools

Dr. Darlene Currie
Richmond City Public Schools
(804) 780-7775

Hanover County Public Schools

Ms. Amy Thompson
Hanover County Public Schools
(804) 365-4558

Chesterfield County Public Schools

Dr. Michelle Beavers
Chesterfield County Public Schools
(804) 639-8922

Henrico County Public Schools

Dr. Tracie Weston
Henrico County Public Schools
(804) 652-3769

Session Schedule and Format

  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Lecture
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 - 3:00 PM: Leadership Applied Sessions

Theoretical Sessions — CLE
Discuss Readings & Present Papers on BlackBoard

  • What is Leadership?
  • Organizational/Group Dynamics
  • Relational Centered Leadership
  • Ethics and Leadership
  • Individual and Cultural Alignment
  • Communicating and Leading
  • Leadership for Transforming Change

Practical Sessions — Direrctors of Instruction, Local School Divisions

  • Using Data
  • Budget
  • Federal Programs/NCLB/Title I
  • Personnel
  • Exceptional Education
  • Specific LEA Issues
  • Working with Community

Book Discussion/Lecture — National Leadership Expert

Colleague Component

  • Formalized Mentor/Mentee Programs
  • Sessions with a Colleague from Local School Division

Contact Us

Center for Leadership in Education
North Court 118
421 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 287-1899

Dr. Kate Cassada

Dr. Dana Jackson
NGLA Coordinator