The National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) is the leading provider of school leadership development services in the United States. NISL is a program of Criterion Education, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the not-for-profit National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE). NISL has extensive experience working with State Departments of Education, Local Education Agencies, and schools to improve curriculum and instruction systemically. Over 15,000 school and district leaders in 25 states have successfully completed NISL’s flagship Executive Development Program (EDP) — far more than any other rigorous leadership development program. NISL works with state leadership teams, district superintendents, district leadership teams, and cohorts of school leaders and their teachers to improve teaching and learning systemically.

NISL’s experienced facilitators support education leaders, school districts, and state Departments of Education. NISL’s facilitators have classroom, school, and/or district leadership, or equivalent experience; have undergone extensive training, passed rigorous certification(s), and have deep experience in facilitation; and are part of a learning community that keeps them deeply engaged with the latest research (See attached Appendix A for representative facilitators’ bios). NISL’s staff includes past State Secretaries of Education, superintendents, principals, and teachers with experience across diverse education settings and student populations, which allows NISL to bring relevant expertise to each partnership.

PL Offerings

Click the calendar icon for more information about frequency and types of professional learning offerings.

District System Design Benchmarking

Admins and Leads

Exectuive Development Program

Aspiring and Current Leads

Teaching for Effective Learning Series

Teachers and Leads

School Leadership Coaching Program

Coaches and Leads

Superintendent Academy


Evidence of Impact

Providers were asked to submit evidence of their organization's impact on educator and student outcomes. This data will help consumers of professional learning make informed decisions about which providers can meet your local needs.

Click on the icon to learn more about NISL's impact from past professional learning experiences.

ESSA Evidence: Tier II

Providers had the option of submitting evidence that shows how their offerings meet one of the four ESSA tiers.

Click this icon to see NISL's third-party evaluations of their professional learning.

Want to learn more?

Click to contact NISL. (202) 888.2685