Leadership Evolution Program

“Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school.”

Leithwood, Seashore Louis, Anderson and Wahlstrom, 2004

Offering a Year of Support and Learning for Principals

Leadership Evolution provides both new and experienced administrators with a year of learning focused on leadership theory, put into action. Leaders create a network of colleagues within their cohort and build a trusted relationship with a peer partner through online and face-to-face personalized mentoring.

This program is designed for anyone with an administrative license—for those who are new to a leadership position, and for those with experience who want to further develop their leadership capacity.


Leadership Evolution is comprised of quarterly seminars, site visits and an online learning environment. A partnership with Bethel University allows leaders to earn up to three credits for their participation in Leadership Evolution and to apply to Bethel's masters of education program with a modified application process. The cost for the 2020 - 2021 year is $600 for members of Resource Training & Solutions. Those who participated in the 2019 - 2020 cohort can register at half cost, $300.00 per person. Non-members can register for $840.00 per person.

Topics for the 19-20 school year include: Strengths Finder, innovation, adaptive leadership, design thinking, culturally responsive leadership, and vulnerability/difficult conversations. Speakers/presenters/facilitators will consist of university faculty and current successful school leaders.

For more information: 

Contact Michelle Wang, (320) 255-3236, Twitter @mnwangs 

The Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD) cites the following as evidence of the impact of a principal on student learning: "The effects of principal leadership will occur indirectly through the principal's efforts to influence those who come into more frequent direct contact with students... Achieving results through others is the essence of leadership."

  • School leaders are instrumental in facilitating professional learning communities focused on student learning.
  • Principals exert indirect influence on student achievement through their effect on school climate.
  • The more school leaders focus their relationships, their work, and their learning on the core business of teaching and learning, the greater their influence on student outcomes.
  • Wise principals understand that they cannot reach instructional goals alone. In fact, principals who distribute leadership across their schools contribute to sustainable improvements within the school organization.
  • Principals who focus on school improvement have more effective schools.
  • Principals of high-achieving schools communicate to all stakeholders that learning is the school's most important mission."