Governor's School Leadership Academy

The Governor’s School Leadership Academy (GSLA) provides high-quality, selective, statewide leadership preparation and support designed to develop high-capacity school leaders across Georgia. Through strategic partnerships with other state agencies, Georgia universities, and local school districts, the GSLA helps to ensure that every Georgia school is led by transformational leaders capable of maximizing student achievement. 

GSLA targets four levels of educational practice to support and develop educators in all phases of their careers – from induction to school and district leadership. The four components of the GSLA are designed to strengthen instructional and leadership practices in order to retain teachers in their first years of practice and to offer pathways for teachers to become transformational leaders in a variety of roles throughout their careers. 

GSLA is proud of its strategic partnerships and is continually looking for opportunities to strengthen Georgia’s teacher and leader pipeline by ensuring alignment and consistency among teacher and leader preparation initiatives and by sharing resources among our partner organizations.  GSLA strategic partners include:

Through its four independent programs, the GSLA and its partners serve teachers and leaders in four critical areas of practice:

♦ The Teacher Induction Support Program is delivered through the RESA Network and serves multiple cohorts of teachers in years 1-3 of practice.  Candidates are selected within each RESA based on capacity and district interest. 

♦ The Teacher Leader Support Program is delivered through the RESA Network and serves multiple cohorts of teachers with 5 or more years of experience who are interested in exploring leadership roles inside and outside of the classroom.  Candidates are selected based on a rigorous application and interview process, and cohorts are established based on RESA districts.

♦ The Aspiring Principal Program is developed and facilitated by GSLA staff and includes educators who serve in Georgia school districts with at least one federally identified school, have 3 or more years of effective practice, and have an expressed desire to become a principal.  Candidates are selected based on a rigorous recommendation, application, and interview process, and cohorts include educators from around the state.

♦ The Principal Support Program serves principals who are currently leading a federally designated (CSI, TSI, Promise, or SIG) school.  Three cohorts are established each year that are aligned the Georgia Department of Education’s School Improvement Regions.

Each GSLA program employs a three-tiered structure that incorporates: 

  1. cohort-based meetings designed to build knowledge on research and best practices,
  2. job-embedded activities designed to allow participants to practice data-driven decision-making and develop each participant’s cultural competence, and
  3. coaching opportunities with former Georgia educators and principals who possess a track record of success in leading school improvement and developing effective educators.


These components reinforce the need for an instruction-focused, collaborative model of school leadership and establish a network of support for school leaders across the state. 

For more information on the current cohorts, visit the links above or contact a member the GSLA team.

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