Principals Leadership Academy of Arizona

Now in its 12th year, The esteemed Principals Leadership Academy of Arizona (PLAA) is a 9-month course of study for aspiring school leaders designed and facilitated by some of Arizona's most successful principals and district administrators. 


PLAA curriculum utilizes the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders developed by the Chief Council of State School Officers as a framework. Rather than place a new principal into a school and hope for the best, PLAA grounds participants in best practices in leadership so that they are prepared for the realities of leading a school.

Upon graduation from the Academy, principals have an enhanced understanding and ability to apply professional practice, concepts, and values in learning, leadership, and policy.



  • Participants may be aspiring principals or principals currently in their first year of service.

  • Participants must be able to commit to meeting one Saturday per month for eight months (dates below).

  • Participants must be willing to work closely with an assigned A+ School principal mentor and participate in an A+ School site visit.

information & dates.


To apply to the Principals Leadership Academy of Arizona, complete the online application by

5:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2020.

The 9-month program of study includes:

  • Eight sessions from 9am-3pm led by leadership experts. These sessions are held on Saturdays throughout the year at the University of Phoenix.*

  • Shadowing an A+ School of Excellence principal mentor for a day at their school.

  • Attending an A+ School of Excellence site visit.

Cost per participant for the 9-month Academy is $1,000, which includes all texts, necessary materials, and lunches. Inquire with the Arizona Educational Foundation for possible scholarship opportunities. Districts with multiple applicants may apply for a discount. Call 480-421-9376 or email Kim Graham at for more details.

All sessions take place at the University of Phoenix Main Campus at 4025 S. Riverpoint Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85040. *Due to COVID-19, the September-December 2020 sessions will be held online via Zoom.

Dates for 2020-2021

September 19th, 2020

October 17th, 2020

November 14th, 2020

December - Shadow principal at their school

January 16, 2021

February 20, 2021

March 27th, 2021

April 17 2021


Deadline for registration:
5:00pm August 28, 2020.
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