Principals Leadership Academy of Arizona

The 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 beginning September of each year and ending in April.

  • 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 23, 2019.

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.

Dates for 2019-2020

Saturday, September 14th, 9:00am-3:00pm

Saturday, October 12th, 9:00am-3:00pm

Saturday, November 9th, 9:00am-3:00pm

December - site visit to Principal Mentor's A+ School

Saturday, January 11th, 9:00am-3:00pm

Saturday, February 8th, 9:00am-3:00pm

March - Site Visit to an A+ School of Excellence (site visits are two days)

Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am-3:00pm


Deadline for registration:
5:00pm August 23, 2019.
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