About the Leadership Institute of Nevada

The Leadership Institute of Nevada sees the possibility, potential, and hope that exists in every Nevada student. The Institute believes that developing the skills and agency of leaders enables them to build the teams, schools, and schools systems that create student success.


To cultivate communities of innovative, insightful, and principled leaders who champion ideas that change the world.


To identify, develop, and retain exceptional leaders in education; build innovative and entrepreneurial communities that include leaders from the public and private sectors; and drive significant systemic improvement in public education.

Our Programs

Executive Leadership Academy: Established in 2011, this 10 month, place-based program, provides opportunities for exceptional leaders to strengthen their skills in strategic problem-solving, advocacy, policy, data, and utilization of technology. The Academy enables leaders to collaboratively analyze and solve problems both within and across school districts in order to achieve better outcomes for students. (Include graphics from Joint Interim Committee Meeting)

Teacher Leader Academy: Established in 2015, this 10 month program equipped and empowered teacher leaders outside of traditional frameworks and encouraged them to work in partnership with principals, families, policymakers, and other teacher leaders. The Teacher Leader Academy is designed to optimize human capital and assist with retaining teachers in Nevada, provide a path for personal growth and/or career advancements, and explore solutions to some of the most complex challenges in public Education. (Include graphics from Joint Interim Community Meeting)

Social-Emotional Learning Initiatives: The Institute has partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine and Mindful SEAD to create the Healthy Minds = Healthy Schools Social Emotional Learning Series. The primary goal, upon the completion of this program, is to ensure that schools leaders have the tools they need to address their own personal well-being and learn coping strategies that may be implemented in schools, thus allowing them to better serve students and school communities. (Include Joint Interim Graphics)

Digital Leadership Institute: Established in 2020 in response to the COVID pandemic, this three-week course was created to help teachers create an online culture that is focused on engagement, adaptive pedagogy to the online format, differential learning, and collaborating effectively with other teachers. As the Institute continues to grow, this program will be reimagined and redesigned to support real conversations about how technology changes what students and teacher do in the classroom.

Our programs reflect the following goals:

  • To expose Nevada’s education leaders to new ideas and ways of thinking
  • To shift mindsets around problem solving for adaptive educational challenges
  • To effectively convene stakeholders from throughout the Nevada landscape, bringing in nationally recognized leaders, and respected local leaders
  • To treat school leaders and teacher leaders with respect, trust, and professionalism
  • To respond to changes in the education landscape with agility

The people I know who have gone through the Executive Leadership Academy program were different people when they came out, in a very positive way. They could manage upwards, have the debate, and come at a problem from multiple perspectives.”

The Institute believes that leadership should be in fellowship, and provides a forum for its alumni to support each other in addressing challenges and advancing opportunities to improve student success

“They’ve created a space where leaders can iterate new ideas and concepts, and it is in a space where leaders feel safe.”

Our Programs

Regional Leadership Summits: Established in 2010, summit themes are designated to address timely topics and the current challenges facing public education. Past Summit topics have included strengthening the educator pipeline; diversity, equity, and access; human talent development; and business best practices. (Include graphics from the Joint Interim Committee Meeting)

Executive Leader Alumni Network: The Institute currently has over 600 Executive Leadership and Teacher Leader alumni including Clark County School District Executive Cabinet Leaders, Nevada State Senators, Commissioners on the Nevada Commission for School Funding, Commissioners on Professional Standards, State Advisory Council for Family Engagement members, and State Principal Advisory Cabinet members. The Institute is planning to strengthen its state-wide community of leaders who can support each other’s continued leadership development by:

  • Creating a leader coaching program
  • Creating workshop opportunities for alumni to share challenges and workshop solutions
  • Providing opportunities for alumni to socialize and build peer-to-peer support
  • Serving as the point of connection – acting as a strategic liaison between leaders

If you have participated in the Executive Leadership Academy or Teacher Leader Academy please update your contact information HERE. We would love to engage with you.

Social Emotional Learning Network: The Institute is working to design workshop opportunities for alumni to share challenges and find solutions, provide opportunities of the Social Emotional Learning community to socialize and build peer-to-peer support. Please keep an eye out for the future engagement opportunities. (SEL Quotes: “This was an amazing and informational series. I have learned so much and I am excited to share.”; “These practices put a science and a protocol to what needs to be done to provide all with SEL strategies.”)

The Institute believes that by giving leaders the tools and skills to organize, leaders will collaborate to drive systemic change. The Institute will explore how it can build its community’s skills in self-organizing to pursue their collective agendas for system change.

Currently, the Institute connects Executive Leadership Academy and Teacher Leader Academy participants have the opportunity to be connected to policymakers through the Capstone Projects. Moving forward, the Institute will explore how it can build the skills of its participants and alumni in self-organizing to pursue their collective agendas for systemic change. This can include explicitly organizing training as part of already existing academies and programs, setting alumni on the path to organize separately from and in partnership with the Institute when appropriate.

Previous Capstone projects have resulted in Senate Bill 475, which moved the Nevada Educator Performance Framework to an electronic platform and Senate Bill 320, which expands access to rigorous courses for all students, especially underserved students. Senate Bill 352 creates pathways for para-professionals to become licensed teachers which will aide in the teacher shortage crisis and promote diversity in the teaching profession.