LEADNow! Leadership Institute

LEADNow! Leadership Institute recognizes that the most important change agents in education are school leaders! This Institute was created to support new and aspiring educational leaders in Southern Arizona in partnership with Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF), Northern Arizona University and the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office.

Applications are now being accepted for
the 2020-2021 Institute!

The Institute

Through the LEADNow! Leadership Institute, individuals will acquire skills and applications essential to becoming an effective educational leader. Learners will gain enhanced understanding and the ability to apply professional practice, concepts and values in leadership and policy.

The LEADNow! Leadership Institute is a research and evidence-based curriculum that is delivered locally through the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office in a cohort model and based on the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015 developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Participants will attend nine monthly Saturday classes that will focus on team building, leadership skills, goal setting and more. All participants will be mentored by an AEF A+ School of Excellence™ principal and have the opportunity to visit an AEF A+ School of Excellence™ site. Students may earn re-certification hours and/or earn NAU graduate credit (with concurrent enrollment).

The Details

Cost: $1000

• All Materials
• Eight Full Day Classes
• 1:1 Principal Mentor from an AEF A+ School of Excellence™
• Visit to an AEF A+ School of Excellence™

2020-2021 Tentative Dates: September 2020 - April 2021 (One Saturday a month)

2019-20 Principal's Cohort

  • September 4
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December - Site Visit
  • January 18
  • February 8
  • March 7
  • April 18 - Graduation

2019-20 Aspiring Leader's Cohort

  • September 21
  • October 26
  • November 23
  • December - Site Visit
  • January 25
  • February 15
  • March 14
  • April 25 - Graduation

Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Pima County School Superintendent’s Office
200 N. Stone Ave.  Tucson, Arizona 85701

The Director: Deborah Bryson, M.Ed.

Deborah serves as Chief Deputy Superintendent and the Director of Leadership Development for the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office.  She is the creator and facilitator of the LEADNow! Leadership Institute. Prior to joining the county office, she spent 20 years in the Vail Unified School District.  She served for 16 years as a school principal and later as a Director of the Beyond Textbooks program which supports over 100 districts statewide.

Schools under her leadership earned three distinguished AEF A+ School of ExcellenceTM Awards.  In 2011, Deborah was named as the National Distinguished Principal of the Year by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.  Her career as an educator has spanned over 30 years in our community.

For more information:
Deborah Bryson, Chief Deputy Superintendent & Director of Leadership Development
520.724.8996 work | 520.343-0958 cell | deborah.bryson@schools.pima.gov

Susan Rosenthal, Coordinator of LEADNow! Institute
520.724.8996 | susan.rosenthal@schools.pima.gov






LEADNow! Resources

LEADNow! Brochure

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders