Education Leadership (K-12)

Creating Cultures Where Learning Comes First

Stronger schools and classrooms require effective educational leaders. Start with our transformational school leadership training programs.

Effective leaders are invaluable, both in the classroom and in the workforce. And strong educational leaders directly impact student and community success. Yet school and district leaders must produce results despite limited resources and complex, competing demands.

Investing in high-quality, research-based leadership training for educators can help build a more trusting, collaborative, and inclusive culture where learning occurs every day. Our proven educational leadership training programs help develop leadership skills for principals, headmasters, teachers, and administrators — improving outcomes both for individual students and entire schools, districts, and communities. But leadership development is not just for adults.

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. The better they can understand themselves and work effectively with others, the greater impact they can make on the world around them. That’s why integrating youth leadership development into classrooms and schools enhances a student’s social-emotional skills and overall growth.

At CCL, we’re proud of our educational leadership development training with students, faculty, principals, schools, districts, associations, and higher education institutions. Many of our school leadership training initiatives offering top-notch professional development for educators are funded through partnerships with foundations for philanthropic leadership.

K-12 Educational Leadership Training

Partner with us to co-create programs that provide transformative leadership training for educators.

Using our extensive research, discovery process, and a combination of talent diagnostic tools and assessments, we can do a deep dive into your people, your organizational priorities, and your staff engagement levels to help inform your investments to ensure you see ROI as you develop leadership skills for principals and headmasters.

  • Get a clear understanding of the impact of your investment in educational leadership training

We offer a variety of solutions for professional development for educators. School administrators can register cohorts of educators for our short, self-paced ecourses, Social-Emotional Leadership and Building Collective Efficacy in Schools.

These research-based courses give teachers and staff the tools and support they need to build school cultures focused on collaboration and continuous improvement, enabling students to engage and achieve more.

  • Go beyond theory with tools and practical support for implementing changes in the classroom

Starting from the transformative premise that better culture starts with better conversations, our conversational skills training can help you strengthen the fabric of your entire school, organization, and community.

Build and scale conversational skills for more candid and productive conversations, more effective solutions, and a stronger, more psychologically safe culture at your educational institution.

  • Human-centered, research-based development experience
  • Scalable options across large populations

Go Deeper on Leadership Training for Educators

Learn more about the 4 requirements for improving school culture, the most needed leadership skills for principals and educators based on our research, and how educational leadership training programs can create lasting impact:

What Our Educational Leadership Training Clients Are Saying

At CCL, we measure success by lives touched and impact made. That’s why the organizations we work with and the leaders we transform consistently tell us the same thing: their experience with us is a game-changer. These organizations’ investments in professional development for educators and youth leadership development have impacted thousands of lives in hundreds of communities.

But don’t just take our word for it — take theirs.

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Our partnership with CCL…has been an immense blessing. Evaluations at the end of the program clearly demonstrate the strong positive effect on school leaders. The networking, skill training, and understanding of self as a leader are instrumental in successful outcomes for participants…it is simply outstanding.”

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Ken Page

Executive Director
Vermont Principals’ Association

“Can I just say that I love CCL? I love the impact it has made on me personally and professionally. I love how it fits perfectly with educational philosophy and globalization… I love the footprint CCL is making on the Ravenscroft community.”

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Faculty Member

Ravenscroft School

“This has been one of the best leadership development courses I have experienced in my 25 years of education. The course made me grow as a superintendent, leader, father, and husband. The program makes you reflect on who you are as a person and provides peer support to help you grow in weak areas. I would recommend this training for any new or seasoned superintendent. Awesome experience!”

Dr. David Hall

District Superintendent, Pre-K-12
Oberlin, OH, City Schools

“I am at a point in my career where my role has shifted and I need to think about supporting principals in a new way. My experience at CCL with the Margaret Waddington Leadership Initiative was very timely and helped me think about a reset as an educator. I’m excited about this opportunity for continued growth!”

Bonnie Johnson-Aten

Principal Supervisor
Margaret Waddington Institute for School Leaders Program Alumna

Impact of Our Partnerships for Educational Leadership Training

What participants said about our school leadership training programs and professional development for educators:

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would recommend the course to others
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were able to make meaningful connections
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have been able to apply program lessons at work

Meet Our Educational Leadership Development Experts

Greg Cameron

Greg Cameron

Director, Education Sector

Greg has an extensive background in nonprofit and educational leadership effectiveness, program design, development, and delivery. He is an internationally recognized expert in developing collective efficacy and organizational collaboration. At CCL, he leverages his experience to lead statewide K-12 leadership development initiatives and design development programs in partnership with school districts, universities, professional associations, and nonprofits.

Harvey Hinton

Harvey Hinton

Senior Faculty, Societal Impact

Harvey is a Joy, Equity, Blackness, Belonging, Education, Diversity, Inclusion, Access, and Healing (JEBBEDIAH) thought leader with over 20 years of leadership experience. He has co-authored articles on teacher decision making, civic instruction, and character development and designed leadership development programs for youth, young adults, and youth practitioners. At CCL, Harvey delivers programming and engages members of the K-12, nonprofit, and higher education communities on leadership journeys.

Susan Reinecke

Susan Reinecke


Susan has over 20 years of experience working in and with public and private schools, colleges, universities, and nonprofits across the U.S. She has taught at both the university and community college level and has held multiple leadership roles within the educational system. Her experiences as a professional educator and school leader give her an insider’s view of the rewards and challenges of improving education. She strongly believes that educational leadership is both a science and an art.

Let’s Discuss Leadership Training for Educators

Our experts are here to helpLet’s talk about how our expertise in school leadership training for educators and youth social-emotional learning can help you create a culture where learning comes first.

K-12 Education Leadership: Research, News & Resources

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More About Educational Leadership Development

Social-Emotional Leadership Development

The better that today’s youth can understand themselves and work effectively with others, the greater impact they can make on the world as future leaders. And based on over a decade of research, we’ve developed an evidence-based framework for student leadership development called Social-Emotional Leadership. Increasing students’ social-emotional leadership increases their engagement and even academic performance.

Adults can actively encourage and foster social-emotional leadership development with students of all ages. But to be able to engage students authentically in leadership development, headmasters, school administrators, faculty, and staff need educational leadership development experiences of their own.

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Increasing Leadership Capacity Via Professional Development for Educators

Principals play a pivotal role in shaping positive school cultures. They must manage hiring and evaluating teachers, communicating with parents, keeping test scores up, budgeting and fundraising, and creating an environment where a diverse range of instructors and students can thrive. Good leadership permeates a school, fostering collaboration and trust, enhancing instructional effectiveness, and ultimately, impacting student learning. Thus, school leadership training is crucial for educational success.

Whether you want to offer professional leadership training for educators in your faculty or district, provide principal leadership development to headmasters, or support social-emotional learning for students, we have research-based K-12 educational leadership training programs that can help.

Frequently Asked Questions About Leadership Training for Educators

Leadership training for educators can help create a more trusting and inclusive culture where learning happens every day. Additionally, our research-backed leadership training helps educators foster more collaborative relationships in schools, districts, and communities overall. When you integrate leadership development into classrooms and schools, it enhances the leadership capacity of superintendents, principals, headmasters, and teachers, while at the same time supporting the holistic growth and social-emotional leadership of students. 

School leadership training is important because it strengthens educational leaders, enhances leadership skills for principals, administrators, and staff, and builds youth leadership capacity within faculties and districts. Investments in educational leadership development can help improve learning outcomes for entire communities. 

At the Center for Creative Leadership, our evidence-based professional leadership training helps build leadership skills for principals by leveraging credentialed, relevant, and personalized programming that’s designed to deliver classroom success and build collaborative relationships in schools, districts, and communities. We understand the unique challenges that principals and headmasters face, like managing and hiring teachers, fundraising, and keeping standardized test scores up, so we have tailored our programs to develop the leadership skills needed to tackle these issues head-on.

More questions? Our experts are here to help. Let’s have a conversation!