Now, more than ever, NYC public schools have an urgent need for strong, inspired, and dynamic leadership. The research-based literature related to effective schools and student achievement has long acknowledged the critical role Principals play in shaping a school into a cohesive and collaborative community of learners.

Recognizing the need for a systemic approach to help Administrators who aspire to become Principals, ELI has designed the Advanced Leadership Program for Aspiring Principals (ALPAP) to develop leadership through a variety of year-long activities. The program provides a venue for Administrators who have already met the challenges of their administrative and supervisory roles; have demonstrated a readiness to become Principals; and are primed to explore the decision-making process required of a school Principal. The components of the program include partnering with a Mentor Principal, attending a series of Advanced Leadership Seminars and participating in seminar-related field experiences.

Acceptance to the program is based upon a minimum of three years Satisfactory experience as an NYCDOE Administrator and a recommendation from the applicant’s direct supervisor.

Beginning in the October, the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) will begin accepting online application for the Advanced Leadership Program for Aspiring Principals (ALPAP) for the 2024-2025 school year.

Click HERE To preview the essay questions and prepare your detailed responses.

In addition to the online application, this signature page must also be completed and sent to the ALPAP Director Shirley H. Matthews at

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ALPAP Journey

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ALPAP Graduation May 6, 2022

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Watch a short video to learn more about ALPAP.