Rhode Island Instructional Leadership Academy

The Rhode Island Instructional Leadership Academy (RIILA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, created in 2005 to serve as the professional development arm of the Rhode Island Association of School Principals.

The Academy's mission is to develop and support Rhode Island school leaders in building strong school learning communities that foster high achievement for all students. The Academy's vision is to provide collaborative professional development experiences for Rhode Island school leaders to enhance student achievement and close achievement gaps within and between schools. 

RIILA successfully began full implementation of its 2019 Principal Mentoring/Coaching plan with the following objectives, which together constitute a multi-prong approach to  supporting new/early career and veteran RI principals that provides complete fidelity to the  RIASP/RIILA Principal Mentoring/Coaching Program Underpinnings and Framework 2019 and  the RI Standards for Educational Leaders (RISELs). These objectives are:  

Develop a principal coaching support system for new/early career principals, which  includes training coaches, providing a continuous improvement network for coaches,  and providing one-on-one coaching for new/early career principals. 

Establish a new and aspiring principal network. This network will support an ongoing  community of practice for new and aspiring principals deeply committed to investigating  the role of the principal as the instructional leader. 

The Purpose of RIASP’s Principal Mentoring/Coaching Program is to provide a framework for  beginning principals and early career principals to accelerate their development as educational  leaders with a focus on student equity and positively impacting student learning, well being and  achievement. Program objectives include:  

1. Provide beginning and early career principals with mentoring/coaching support and professional development opportunities across the RI Educational Leadership Standards  2018 to help them grow as instructional leaders focused on equity, high standards and  success for all students.  

2. Provide beginning and early career principals with non-threatening, meaningful and  relevant mentoring/coaching support to help them develop their leadership skills and  dispositions in managing people, data, and process in ways that promote school  improvement and safe and caring schools.  

3. Provide beginning principals with mentoring/coaching support to help them  understand performance expectations and develop a deep understanding of the Rhode Island Standards for Educational Leaders 2018 and principal performance  competencies described in the Rhode Island Principal Evaluation System. Program  Outcomes: RIILA’s program outcomes are based on identifying priorities and goal setting for the year, creating an action plan/ strategy map to bring about the desired  instructional change and progress. 

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Rhode Island Association of School Principals is a 501(c) 6 Non-Profit Organization



401-272-9811 ext. 2 

Robert E. Littlefield, Executive Director 

Sherry Arlia-Puhacz, Adm. Asst. 

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