What is the DA Leadership Institute?

The mission of the District Administration Leadership Institute (DALI) is to provide cutting-edge professional development to school district superintendents and other senior education executives to inspire innovation and leadership excellence in K12 education.

This mission is accomplished through top-tier live events focused on intensive networking and collaboration with innovative solution providers, and through engagement in virtual communities to promote ongoing discussion, debate, and the sharing of professional resources and leadership initiatives.

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Iowa Superintendent Deborah Olson focuses on innovative learning

Iowa’s Clinton Community School District has incorporated two cutting-edge programs into its learning environment. The Innovation Classroom, the first of its kind in a U.S. public high school, enables teachers to partner technology resources with inquiry-based, collaborative learning. The district also has implemented a RtI process by which schools use data to identify the academic and behavioral support needed for each student. In addition, student progress is monitored to improve educational outcomes. We spoke with Superintendent Deborah A. Olson about what the district has achieved.

Upcoming Superintendents Summits

Superintendents speak about the District Administration Leadership Institute's Superintendent Summit.

Leadership Profiles

Superintendent Rod Thompson's suburban Minnesota district has grown from 3,500 students to 8,000.
A 30 percent shift in diversity is driving exciting new opportunities
Don Brann visits an elementary school in the Inglewood district—and listens to staff needs.
Financially-struggling Inglewood USD was taken over by state in 2012

District Profiles

Since 2011, Superintendent Elizabeth Celania Fagen has helped shift Douglas County Schools from a good district to a great one.
After growing from a good district to a great one, Douglas County Schools is getting a lot of attention
Superintendent Art Fessler pursued creating the 21st Century Leadership Academy for his Illinois district administrators when he started working last summer. 
Community Consolidated School District’s leadership academy is teaching administrators how to coach teachers

Summit Session Archives

Knowing that all districts are dealing with limited financial and labor resources but increasing

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