Empowering Leaders to Improve Outcomes

Students deserve excellent and equitable schools, highly effective teachers and leaders, and welcoming and culturally responsive school communities that foster their growth as intellectuals and individuals. LLA empowers school leaders to create these conditions through our flagship Fellowship program.

Developed with research-based best practices, the  Fellowship combines rigorous professional development with individualized coaching—helping sitting and aspiring principals to improve outcomes, increase opportunities, and disrupt inequity in underserved communities. The integration of coaching and professional development supports Fellows in implementing new learning immediately and effectively in their schools, culminating in transformative change.

Fellows strengthen their instructional expertise, improve their executive management skills, and join a continually expanding network of mission-driven leaders who collaborate across sectors to transform our communities.


Comprehensive Assessments

Undergo a 360 Degree Leadership Assessment to capture their strengths and areas for growth. At the start and end of the year long Fellowship, each Fellow’s assigned Leadership Coach will conduct an in-person school review to asses school instruction and culture.

Individualized Coaching

Fellows will receive up to 150 hours of 1:1 coaching from their assigned Leadership Coach (LC). The role of the LC is to both push and support Fellows, so they are able to continue to create and sustain a culture of achievement in their school after the fellowship year.

Individualized Development Plan

Fellows will work directly with their Leadership Coach to create an Individualized Development Plan (IDP) that provides a roadmap for increasing their leadership capacity. Data and LLA's Standard of Excellence for School Leaders rubric will be used to create the IDP.

Leadership Retreats

The initial Cohort Retreat in May is an opportunity for Fellows to build a cohort community and to begin the Fellowship year grounded in key learning. The Winter Retreat in January provides Fellows the space to review their 360-survey feedback and reflect on their Equity Impact Initiative.

Intensive Summer Institute

Fellows will gather for a series of professional development sessions. Topics include: Creating Inclusive and Equitable School Communities, Excellent Instruction, Leading Strategically, Strategic Planning, Data Driven Equity, Social Identity, Social Bias, and Social Justice.

Professional Development

Monthly PD sessions help achieve specific learning objectives—strengthening instructional expertise and coaching strategies, building executive management skills, and developing equity-centered leadership capacity to ensure a culture of achievement in school communities.

Equity Impact Initiative

Each Fellow's EII will be designed to improve instruction and disrupt inequity in their school. LLA will reference a research-based theory of practice and set of indicators, aimed at increasing student achievement among students - in particular students who have been historically marginalized.


Qualified candidates greatly outnumber the spaces available, so we recommend applying as early as possible.


BPS Aspiring Principal Deadline


Aspiring Principal Deadline


Sitting Principal Deadline


Decisions Sent

Cohort XIII SY 2022-23 Professional Development Dates

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023 at 1:00pm -- Thursday, May 25th, 2023 at 3:30pm Cohort Retreat
June 6, 2023 8:30am-4:30pm Aspiring Principals PD 
Wednesday, July 5th, 2023 -- Friday, July 14th, 2023 from 8:00am-4:30pm weekdays Summer Institute
September 2023 - May 2024, 3rd Tuesday of the month  Monthly PD for Sitting Principals
September 2023 - May 2024, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month Monthly PD for Aspiring Principals
My LLA Leadership Effectiveness Director has really helped me to put into practice our beliefs, but also to figure out who I am, what I want for Boston, what I want for our kids, and what I want for Catholic education. The cross-sector work is so important, and it is just scratching the surface of what’s beginning for Boston.
Aliece Dutson, Principal, Mission Grammar School (LLA Cohort III)