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Arizona's Supervisors of Principals' Academy: One State's Response to Evidence on Principal Pipeline Supports

Date: November 18, 2021
Time: 12:00‒1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Principal pipeline and supervisory research has been conducted in the context of large, urban school districts, and states/districts are attempting to apply lessons learned from research at scale to the diverse contexts of schools. The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) reviewed available principal supervisor research and sought better ways to support superintendents and others who supervise principals as part of their administrative responsibilities. ADE sought a new approach to supporting principal supervisors and turned to REL West for support in developing a principal supervisor professional development program. This webinar will discuss strategies to create a system of support for principal supervisors based on research related to the evolving role of principal supervisors in supporting principals, as well as share a firsthand experience of how ADE implemented these strategies to create the Supervisors of Principals’ Academy. Topics covered include the following:

  • Research on principal supervisors and their impact on school leaders.
  • Strategies that state education agencies can use to create a system of support for principal supervisors.
  • Arizona Department of Education programming for principal supervisors.


State and district leaders


November 18, 2021


Contact Information
Tammie Knights,

Supporting Principals (Educator Development)


  • Matthew Clifford, PhD, WestEd
  • Reino Makkonen, PhD, WestEd
  • Tammie Knights, American Institutes for Research
  • Sarah Richardson, Arizona Department of Education