Support for Alaska's Early Career Principals

This unique program is designed to provide early career principals in Alaska (in their 1st or 2nd year as lead or assistant principal) with a collegial cohort engaged in networking, skill building and mutual support across the state.

2022-2023 Program Application

Applications for 22-23 are now closed.

Contact Jennifer Rinaldi or Nicole O'Donnell if you have questions.


  • Participate in ongoing professional learning focused on the dispositions and tools early career principals need for success

    • Connect to a network of new principals across the state

    • Find support with an Alaska-based, seasoned principal who will serve as your professional mentor

  • Learn strategies to communicate effectively with your staff and navigate difficult conversations

  • Explore how to use school data for continuous improvement.

  • Earn optional college credit

Participants can expect to spend about 3 hours per month in program activities.

Program Cost: There is no cost to principals and school districts for ASLA training, registrations, and materials.

School districts agree to pay travel costs to the three face-to-face events.


Monthly mentoring - Each cohort member will be paired with an Alaska-based, seasoned principal who will serve as your professional mentor. Required interactions twice per month will focus on themes of leadership and problems of practice (minimum one hour per month total time commitment)

Face to Face Meetings - Program participants are required to take part in three in-person meetings throughout the year. Anticipated in-person meetings are:

RTI MTSS Effective Instruction Conference – January 28-29, Anchorage

Alaska School Leadership Institute (ASLI) – May dates TBA, Anchorage

Topical Webinars - Participants will have 3 or more webinar opportunities throughout the year on 'Hot Topics' in K-12 ed, K-12 advocacy and data driven instructional leadership

Book Study and Ongoing Discussion Group - Participants will participate in facilitated discussions around a leadership text

Thank you to our partner organizations. The Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals, Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals, The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and the University of Alaska College of Education.

This program was developed with the assistance of Supporting Effective Instruction, Title II, Part A federal funds from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, awarded to the Alaska Council of School Administrators. However, this program does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education & Early Development, nor endorsement by the Federal Government.