School Leadership

Relay Graduate School of Education (GSE) Instructional School Leadership Pilot (ISLP)

The Relay GSE Instructional School Leadership Program (ISLP) offers a unique opportunity for high-potential teacher leaders and aspiring leaders who seek a rigorous, practice-based path to develop their instructional and cultural leadership skills and explore school leadership as a potential career. Created in partnership with DOE Cluster IV and Teach For America (TFA) NY, Relay GSE’s two-year, job-embedded program is aligned with the New York City citywide instructional expectations and results in an eventual Master's in School Leadership and SBL program upon successful completion (pending NYSED approval). This rigorous program will emphasize practice and continuous improvement of the skills and mindsets needed to be an effective school leader.

What is the focus of the program and why?

  • Focused on honing the skills of instructional and cultural leadership through rigorous practice and actionable systems and tools
  • Supports a citywide instructional expectations focus on moving to more formative, high quality coaching of teachers with focus on rigor and the Common Core
  • Emphasizes strong instruction, specifically high academic and behavioral expectations, and reinforces with coaching tools for the DOE’s prioritized competencies within the Danielson framework
  • Job-embedded, practice-based focus on these skills enables change and the opportunity for a variety of adult leadership experiences, while improving individual practice
  • Curriculum leverages content and faculty from leaders who have replicated success of high performing schools, including:
    • Doug Lemov’s (Teach Like a Champion) work dedicated to creating high academic and behavioral expectations
    • Paul Bambrick-Santoyo’s (Driven by Data, Leverage Leadership) systems designed to help leaders leverage their time and use timely and effective observations and feedback


  • Valid permanent or professional teaching certificate or proof of at least three years of equivalent experience
  • Current full-time employment in a K-12 school
  • Responsibility to coach at least one teacher directly each year of the program (including, but not limited to Lead Teacher, Instructional Liason, Common Core Fellow, etc.)
  • Nomination by current school or network leader
  • Show a demonstrated potential for adult leadership, and a track record of success for student growth

What can program participants expect? 

  • Job-embedded, in-school responsibility to coach one to three teachers for full school year supported by a mentor principal and Relay GSE faculty member
  • Use of participant video and other school-based artifacts to share evidence of implementation in school context and to reflect, receive feedback, and practice
  • Three week summer intensive each year, two weekly evening sessions and one Saturday a month in first year, followed by one session per month in second year

Key dates:

  • The application process is currently open and will close on May 15, 2014

Program Contact:

For more information about the program, contact Alia Smith at or Amanda Lurie at

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