Program Improvement Cluster

Who Should Participate?

Selection of program managers to participate in the Leadership Excellence Academies is an important decision.  The Academies are designed to support local adult education leaders and those striving to become leaders. 

The Academies create a dialogue that leads to discovery, new knowledge, innovation, and ultimately, to both individual and organizational transformation.  They do require, however, some extra work and willingness to engage staff in program improvement. 

Both new and experienced managers will benefit from participation.  As many local managers are nearing retirement age, the Academies can also assist with transitional planning.  The Academies offer a great opportunity to begin training some lead teachers or other program coordinators who have interest in assuming the role of program manager in the future.

State staff are welcome and encouraged to attend.  It is important for staff members responsible for providing technical assistance to local programs to be knowledgeable in strategies, structures, and processes for program improvement.

The pilot states selected participants through an application process to ensure that the attendees were willing and excited about the opportunity to pursue their professional growth and earn a prestigious national certification.  The pilot participants represented a wide range of program types including agency and community based organizations.



States can determine if they want their participants to have access to one or both of the following options:


national certification and/or

graduate credit


professional development only.


All participants are expected to complete interim activities but those selecting to pursue national certification and/or graduate credit must meet all designated timelines. Participants will receive detailed guidance on LEA expectations and timelines and be asked to declare their intent during the first workshop.






It is important that prospective participants have a clear set of expectations. 


In Year One, participants will be expected to:

  • Actively participate in:

    • Three six-hour face-to-face workshops,

    • Two one-hour online courses, and

    • Three one-hour webcasts.

  • Complete and submit interim activities between the face-to-face workshops.

  • Complete and submit Part I of the culminating learning project.

In Year Two, participants will be expected to:

  • Activity participate in:

    • Two six-hour face-to-face workshops,

    • One six-hour online course, and

    • Three one-hour webcasts.

  • Complete and submit interim activities between the courses and submit Part II of the culminating learning project.

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