Curriculum & Course Content

NISL’s Executive Development Program offers a carefully sequenced curriculum, which covers all the elements of world-class education and fully aligns with the Common Core State Standards.

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A Curriculum That Addresses the Many Roles of Today's School Leaders

  • Strategic Thinker
  • Visionary
  • Instructional Leader
  • Data Master
  • Team Leader
  • Coach and Mentor
  • Creator of Just, Fair and Caring Culture
  • Driver of Change

The responsibilities and demands of an effective school leader have expanded far beyond that of “building manager.”  Click the leadership areas above to learn more about the roles of today’s school leaders and how the NISL Executive Development Program empowers them to succeed in all of them. The program accomplishes this through a thoughtfully designed, cohesive curriculum consisting of 12 two-day units delivered over 12 to 15 months:

Course 1: World-Class Schooling: Vision and Goals

  • Unit 1: The Educational Challenge
  • Unit 2: The Principal as Strategic Thinker
  • Unit 3: Elements of Standards-Aligned Instructional Systems

Course 2: Focus on Teaching and Learning

  • Unit 4: Foundations of Effective Learning
  • Unit 5: Leadership in the Instructional Core: English Language Arts and History
  • Unit 6: Leadership in the Instructional Core: Science and Mathematics
  • Unit 7: Coaching for High-Quality Teaching

Course 3: Sustaining Transformation through Capacity and Commitment

  • Unit 8: Promoting the Learning Organization
  • Unit 9: Teams for Instructional Leadership
  • Unit 10: Ethical Leadership for Equity
  • Unit 11: Driving and Sustaining Transformation
  • Unit 12: Final Case Simulation and Presentations

EDP Participants Share Their Experiences

A director of professional development shares her experience with Course 2 of the EDP, which gives participants an understanding of how people learn and equips school leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen teaching within the instructional core (English language arts, history and social studies, science, and mathematics).

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