Beat The Odds
School Leadership Academy

Empowering School Leaders to Help All Students Achieve

The Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) administers the Beat The Odds School Leadership Academy. In partnership with the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL), CFA 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

CFA recognizes the critical link between a strong principal and student success. Great schools require great school leaders.

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 530+ 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


Request the Beat The Odds School Leadership Academy Overview Brochure

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

Peter Boyle
Director, Educational Leadership and Innovation