The NISL program builds in best practices from the leading research on adult pedagogy, including:
- Direct instruction with highly interactive methods, such as Socratic questioning, group discussions, role-playing, video case studies and technology-assisted simulations
- Sustained, job-embedded learning, with smaller doses of training over an extended period of time, allowing for application and review bridging the acquisition of new learnings.
- Action Learning Projects that empower practicing principals to take on the real challenges they face in their buildings
- A Professional Learning Community that fosters powerful peer-to-peer interactions in a safe environment—a network of support that often continues long after the training is complete