Empowering School Leaders to Help All Students Achieve

The Center for the Future of Arizona has long recognized the critical link between a strong principal and student success and believes that there can be no great schools without great school leaders. Research studies have found that principals account for about 25% of a school’s total impact on student achievement. An investment in school leadership is a strategic investment in improved student outcomes.

Beat The Odds School Leadership Academy in partnership with the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL), works with traditional public school districts and charter school networks to provide executive leadership training to current and aspiring principals across the state.

Facilitators deliver a rigorous professional development program for enrolled participants designed to enable school transformation. The results are better quality schools and better outcomes for all student learners in every community.

Impact for Arizona

Leadership training is a key ingredient to improving the quality of education in Arizona. Since 2007, CFA has provided training and mentoring to more than 200 school leaders. The BTO academy is the continuation of that commitment and draws on the best practices of Arizona’s high-performing schools to show principals models of success that will have an impact in their schools.

Benefits for Arizona Schools

  • Prepares school leaders to lead for excellence and equity
  • Closes student achievement gaps, creates culture of high expectations
  • Enhances teacher recruitment, retention, quality


Download Beat The Odds School Leadership Academy Overview (PDF)

If you are interested in Beat The Odds Leadership Academy in partnership with NISL, please contact:

Amanda Burke, Ed.D
Senior Director, Education and Workforce
Center for the Future of Arizona

Katy Cavanagh
Arizona State Coordinator, National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE)
National Institute for School Leadership (NISL)