Welcome

The Summer Principals Academy (SPA) at Teachers College, Columbia University
is a transformative graduate program for public school educators interested in becoming public school leaders. SPA integrates practice and skill development with theory and research using case studies, simulations and teamwork. Advocating innovation and risk-taking to promote institutional change, our program introduces new possibilities for student learning, school improvement, social equity and opportunity.

The best academic programs support such emergence by providing a rich, complex and adaptive learning environment that mimics closely the actual competencies required, and provides frequent and prompt feedback.  The Summer Principals Academy provides exactly that kind of environment providing respect for and encouragement of cohort participants as they seek to become the best leaders they can be.

The actual work of our emerging leaders is our best way to communicate our motto:

Teach! Lead! Excel!