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The nation’s leading, research-proven support for school leaders—NCEE’s NISL Program (formerly the Executive Development Program)—is now available to individuals and small groups via a national, open enrollment virtual cohort. The first NISL National Cohort launched in spring of 2021, and registration is now open for the fall 2021 cohort. The national cohort will take place entirely virtually, eliminating the need for travel and allowing education leaders from around the country to participate in rigorous professional learning with like-minded peers. 

Participants will gain a framework to view their school against top-performing systems, will study and apply a strategic thinking model, and learn how to organize their school and instruction based on the leading research on systems design, organizational leadership, creating professional learning communities, how students learn and leading for equity. They also will gain a network of peers that will provide an ongoing resource beyond the program. Additionally, upon successful completion, participants have the opportunity to earn credit towards an advanced degree through NCEE’s relationships with partner universities.

Participants are not the only ones to benefit from NISL. Third-party studies have shown that instruction actually improves as a result of school leaders’ participation in the program, and that student learning increases on state tests across school levels. 

The national cohort is the ideal opportunity for school leaders and districts who have long been interested in the NISL program but have not had enough participants to create their own cohort or whose geographic location made participation a hurdle.  

Reserve your space in NCEE’s national cohort today. 

Delivery and Schedule

The NISL program consists of 12 units, with each unit delivered approximately monthly. Each unit typically consists of three four-hour sessions across three consecutive days. NCEE anticipates that the national cohort will launch in Spring 2021.

This cohort will be delivered virtually, using web conferencing tools and our proprietary NCEE portal. Schools and districts from coast-to-coast have participated in NISL’s new virtual delivery, and have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback about their experience and the effectiveness of the delivery model.

Flexible Payment

Participation in the national cohort can be paid for by participants or the participant’s school or district. Payment can be made in two installments. Please contact Drea Anastasio at for more information on cost and payment options.

Register to Join

Enrollment for NCEE’s National NISL Cohort for Fall 2021 is now open. Complete this form to begin the registration process.