Systems Leadership

Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI)

The New York City Department of Education's (DOE) Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI), in partnership with Baruch College, is a one-year leadership development program for high-performing principals, network, cluster, or central leaders. Taught by current DOE leaders, ALI combines theory with clinically-rich learning experiences to develop the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes necessary to effectively lead at the systems-level.

Participants accepted into ALI will be eligible for a 60% reduction of SDL tuition fees through Baruch College. Those who meet and demonstrate success will receive a certificate of completion from the DOE and be considered for New York State (NYS) School District Leader (SDL) certification. Candidates who already hold School District Leader (SDL) certification are also eligible to apply. 

The goals of ALI are to:

  • Develop a strong bench of qualified systems-level leaders with access to advanced career pathways and with the demonstrated skill set to explore new challenges across the DOE
  • Strengthen participants' leadership capacity through experiential opportunities such as case studies and workplace challenge scenarios, as well as networking, collaborating, and strategizing with other successful educational leaders 

ALI School District Leader (SDL) Core Competencies:

  1. Communicate effectively
  2. Execute an instructional vision
  3. Impact and influence using a systems-thinking mindset
  4. Think and act strategically
  5. Lead with cultural sensitivity and navigate resistance
  6. Balance high expectations with high support and accountability
  7. Build capacity of self and others

All sessions and materials are aligned to the ALI Core Competencies. For a thorough review of the objectives and skills aligned to the ALI Core Competencies, click here.


  • Current DOE employee—in good standing (must not be the recipient of negative findings in a DOE investigation) 
  • Minimum of three years as a principal, or in a network, cluster, or central leadership role, as of June 2014
  • At least three years of pedagogical experience (Teacher/PPS State Certification)
  • Prior certification in School Building Leadership (SBL)
  • A minimum of 45 graduate credits which must include a master's degree
  • Must already possess School District Leader (SDL) certification or expect to receive SDL certification through ALI/Baruch
  • Must commit to three years with the DOE, following completion of the ALI prorgam 


  • Participants will complete three courses (9 credits) and a practicum (6 credits) towards School District Leadership (SDL) certification for a total of 15 graduate credits.
  • Sessions begin in the fall semester and take place on one evening per week and occassional Saturdays.

Application process:

  • The 2014-15 application is currently closed. Applicants will receive notification of selection decisions to move toward Phase 2 by Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Sessions will begin in the fall of 2014.
  • The 2014-15 Quick Start Guide is available for viewing application requirements in detail. The application process is subject to change for 2015-16.


Application process




Phase One

Step 1.1:


Advanced Leadership Institute 2014-15 online application


·         Personal information

·         Professional history

·         NYS School Building Leader (SBL) certification information

·         NYS School District Leader (SDL) certification information (if applicable)

·         Three essays


Step 1.2:


Submit supplementary documents (electronically)


·         A resumé or a curriculum vitae

·         Two letters of recommendation

    ·  one from current supervisor
    ·  one from former supervisor


Phase Two


If you are selected to move forward in the application process, you will be contacted to submit supplementary documents.


Step 2.1:


Submit supplementary documents via mail

If you do not currently hold School District Leader (SDL) certification, you must also include:

·         All college transcripts

·         Immunization forms


Step 2.2:



If you are selected to move forward in the application process, our office will contact you to schedule an interview.

Interviews will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 from 9-1pm.

Phase Three


Selection decisions

All applicants will receive notification after selection decisions are made.


Frequently asked questions:

Please view our FAQ.

Program contact:

Nancy Gutierrez, Executive Director, Advanced Leadership Strategy
Office of Leadership
Division of Teaching and Learning