The NCEE Leaders Collaborative

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 members 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.

The Collaborative is now open for enrollment for October 2021 – September 2022. Payment is not required until October 1, 2021.

Member Benefits

Members of The Collaborative benefit from:


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.

Member Services

Dues paying members gain access to a myriad of services including:

Large Group Forums
Engage in dialogue with leading experts in education and leadership from across the world.

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

Small Network Groups
Meet regularly with a small, role-alike group of trusted peers who support each other in making progress toward your goals.

Semi-monthly 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 4-6 trusted peers to plan, implement and discuss challenges and successes toward implementation of self-selected goals.

Leaders Seminars
Rich discussions specific to members’ roles focused on readings and current research related to their work.

Quarterly Leaders Seminars extend the professional learning by engaging members in text-based seminars around research or other content in role-alike groups on topics driven by the members themselves.

Annual Retreat
Gather with colleagues from across the nation to deepen relationships, reflect on research, and enhance your leadership practice.

Annual gathering designed for participants to collaborate face-to-face with fellow Collaborative members, 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 the summer of 2022.

Members also have opportunities to meet and collaborate with superintendents involved in NCEE’s Superintendents Alliance.


To enroll, 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).

Members 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 join NCEE’s Superintendent Alliance.)


Reserve your space inThe Collaborative today. Fill out the form at the link below to begin the registration process. Membership fees are dueOctober 1, 2021.

Learn More

Email Drea Anastasio ( for pricing or other questions or to schedule a virtual information session.