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The NCEE Leaders Collaborative is a professional learning network exclusively for graduates of NCEE supports. It is designed to continue the learning, collegial relationships with peers, and the improvement in school systems begun in their initial engagement. The Collaborative provides leaders access to networking and learning opportunities with peers in small and large groups, experts in education leadership from across the U.S. and the world, and NCEE’s cutting-edge research.

NCEE is offering you complimentary Graduate Access to the Collaborative for six months (a $600 value). This will give you the opportunity to experience the Collaborative for yourself: access to networking and learning opportunities with peers in small and large groups, experts in education leadership from across the U.S. and the world, and NCEE’s cutting-edge research.

Register Now

To take advantage of this limited opportunity for six months of complimentary Graduate Access, fill out the form at the link below. The first 100 registrants will also receive a free copy of Leading High-Performance School Systems: Lessons from the World’s Best.

Join a Virtual Information Session

Register to join a special virtual information session about The Collaborative on one of the following dates and times:

June 21, 9:00 a.m. ET (6:00 a.m. PT)

June 24, 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT)

June 30, 3:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. PT)

July 12, 10:00 a.m. ET (7:00 a.m. PT)

July 19, 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT)

July 25, 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT)

Learn more about benefits for participants and hear why others decided to be a part of a supportive and forward-thinking network like the Collaborative. There also will be ample time for Q&A and a sneak peek of featured presenters who will join The Collaborative during the upcoming year.

The Latest from the Collaborative

Previous and upcoming events for network participants.

Previously: On June 7th, the Collaborative heard from Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning and Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Schonert-Reichel also serves on the board of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. She shared her research-informed observations about the social-emotional learning occurring in our schools and how educators and leaders can foster those skills in students.

Upcoming: On August 2nd, the Collaborative will hear from Tracey Burns, Chief of Research for the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation to discuss the OECD report, Back to the Future of Education: Four OECD Scenarios for Schooling. The report looks at themes inside the education landscape and the impact of outside factors, such as a global health crisis and climate change, and lays out four overarching directions schooling could possibly go.


The annual professional learning fee includes access to the following benefits:


Access to a national network of peers with a similar foundation of knowledge with whom you can collaborate on meaningful and forward-thinking topics and who can provide assistance as you advance in your career.


Collaboration with a small cohort of trusted and like-minded educational leaders who can support you on self-selected, real-world initiatives to improve education in your community.


Dialogues with the foremost U.S. and international experts on current research around equity, educational leadership, systems design, and continuous school improvement.

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Insights from NCEE’s international benchmarking research on high-performing systems and system design that will dramatically and equitably improve the education of all students.


The annual professional learning fee includes access to a myriad of services including:

Large Group Forums
Bi-monthly, Large Group Forums give leaders the opportunity to learn from and speak directly with some of the leading minds in education both nationally and internationally on issues selected by participants.

Small Network Groups

These are regular meetings with a consistent set of role-alike colleagues focused on similar areas of system design. Participants learn and discuss a shared topic as a group before breaking into smaller cohorts of trusted peers to plan, implement and discuss challenges and successes toward implementation of self-selected goals.

Leaders Seminars

These quarterly seminars extend the professional learning by engaging leaders in text-based seminars around research or other content in role-alike groups on topics driven by leaders themselves.

Annual Retreat

This annual gathering is designed for participants to collaborate face-to-face with fellow Collaborative leaders. The Annual Retreat provides a safe and welcoming environment for leaders to delve deeply into research and leadership practices to address the challenges in their schools and districts. Our inaugural retreat will be held in September 2022.


To register for this professional learning network, you must have successfully completed an NCEE offering such as the Executive Development Program (EDP), National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) program, District System Design Partnership (DSDP), or System Design Benchmarking (SDB).

Leaders also must be an active principal, assistant principal, or in a senior leadership role at a district office. (Superintendents are not eligible for the Collaborative, but are encouraged to learn about NCEE’s Superintendent Alliance.)

Learn More

Interested in learning more? for pricing or other questions or to schedule a virtual information session contact:

Drea Anastasio