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 at Resource Training and Solutions provides both new and experienced principals with a year of learning focused on leadership theory, put into action. Principals create a network of colleagues within their cohort and build a trusted relationship with an experienced principal mentor through online and face-to-face personalized mentoring.

Leadership Evolution is designed for active principals—for those who are new to the position, and for those with experience who want to further develop their leadership capacity. For the 2018 -19 school year, Leadership Evolution will be offered as a pilot program, with a maximum cohort size of 16 principals.


Leadership Evolution is comprised of quarterly seminars, site visits and an online learning environment. A partnership with Bethel University allows principals to earn up to three credits for their participation in Leadership Evolution, or apply to Bethel's Ed.D. program with a modified application process.

Apply or download this fact sheet.

For more information: 
Contact Michelle Wang at (320) 255-3236 or 
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."