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Summer Principals Academy NOLA
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Welcome to SPA New Orleans

Dear Prospective SPA Students,

The Summer Principals Academy is a proven and effective principal training program through which aspiring school leaders can earn a master’s degree from Columbia University at Teachers College. Advocating innovation and risk-taking to promote institutional change, our outstanding faculty introduce students to new possibilities for student learning, school improvement, social equity, and creative school design.

The best academic programs support emerging leaders by providing a rich, complex and adaptive learning environment that mimics closely the actual competencies required, and provides frequent and prompt feedback. The actual work of our emerging leaders is our best way to communicate our motto:

Teach! Lead! Excel!

If you are an aspiring school leader and are determined to make innovative changes for students seeking a 21st century education, we encourage you to learn more about our program and to apply for admission to the Summer Principal Academy cohort programs.

Nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Summer Principals Academy currently operates in New Orleans at the Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law.

We wish you the best of luck in furthering your graduate education, and we are prepared to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to contact us using the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page.

Warm regards,

Craig E. Richards, PhD


Director, Summer Principals Academy - NOLA

Teachers College, Columbia University

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