Delivery Models

The choice is yours. Our faculty can train your school leaders directly or you can deliver our research-based, research-proven curriculum utilizing your staff or local partners.

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Overview

The Executive Development Program includes 24 days of instruction consisting of 12 two-day units and a coaching unit, bridged by professional readings, site-based activities, and online learning.  One unit is delivered each month in back-to-back days, with some months skipped due to holidays and/or testing periods.  Units may also be clustered to take advantage of scheduled professional development periods. Cohorts range in size from 25 to 32 participants. Two facilitators deliver each day of training. We recommend that one of these two facilitators remains constant, while the other may be switched out to better target specific topics (e.g.: a facilitators with a math background may lead the mathematics content).

This training can either be delivered by your staff, through a train-the-trainer model or by NISL faculty.

Train-the-Trainer

In this model, districts and states select local leaders to take on leadership training. These can be district staff, active principals, retired principals, consultants or university professors.  Selected leaders go through the full Executive Development Program, receiving extra guidance on facilitation alongside each unit. They will also have the opportunity to lead portions of training and receive feedback. Upon demonstrating success in NISL facilitation standards, they serve as certified facilitators. NISL Master Faculty provide quality assurance to these leaders as they begin delivering the Executive Development Program to other school leaders.

While district trainers must go through the program themselves before delivering the program, there are two ways to speed implementation. They can be used separately or in combination:

  • Initial cohorts can be mixed so that they consist of both district facilitator candidates and school-leader participants. For instance, a 32-person cohort could have 10 facilitator candidates and 22 school-leader participants. The facilitator candidates would receive extra support during the training as well as the extra facilitation unit and then would go on to deliver the program under the supervision of NISL Senior Faculty.

The Most Efficient Way to Raise Student Achievement

The Executive Development Program goes far beyond the traditional in-house summer institute for school leaders. It is designed to change the practice of school leaders, improve instruction and raise student achievement. Researchers have found that the program is impacting achievement at a rate similar to much more expensive initiatives such as whole school design and class size reduction, and have found the program to be “highly cost-effective” (Old Dominion, Johns Hopkins 2011).

Compared to the few other school-leadership programs that can demonstrate increases in student performance, the Executive Development Program is graduating leaders at 1/10th to 1/20th the cost.

Step

Options

Price per Participant

Participants

What is Included

1. Train-the-Trainers

$15,750 / trainer

Minimum: 15 Maximum: 32

  • Facilitation by NISL expert trainers.
  • Extensive course materials & facilitator guides.
  • Access to on-line curriculum and resources.
  • Technical assistance & coaching on roll-out.

2. Train School Leaders

“District-Trainers-Only Option”

$5,250 / school-leader

Typical: 25 Maximum: 32

  • Extensive course materials.
  • Access to on-line curriculum and resources.
  • Technical assistance & coaching on roll-out.

“Hybrid TrainingOption”:Co-facilitation with district staff and NISL faculty

  • Course 1: $33,000
  • Course 2: $44,000
  • Course 3: $55,000*

Minimum: 25 Maximum: 32

  • Facilitation by NISL expert trainer (client provides second facilitator).
  • Extensive course materials.
  • Access to on-line curriculum and resources.

Notes:

  • “Hybrid Training” Option differs from the “District-Trainers-Only” Option in that a NISL faculty member co-facilitates with a district trainer. This allows for continued NISL expertise and fulfills the requirements for waiving of doctoral credits from university partners.
  • The fees above do not include the cost of the training facility, lunch, refreshments, IT services, and travel expenses of your trainers and school staff.
  • *Hybrid price is in addition to the $5,250 materials fee per participant.

Direct Training

NISL Master Faculty and NISL-certified trainers train school leaders directly, taking them through the full Executive Development Program.

Price per Participant

Number in Cohort

What is Included in Price

$12,600/principal

Minimum: 25 Maximum: 32

  • Facilitation by NISL expert trainers.
  • Extensive course materials.
  • Access to on-line curriculum and resources.

Notes:

  • The fees above do not include the cost of the training facility, lunch, refreshments, IT services, and travel expenses of your trainers and school staff.

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