||In 1999, NCEE was asked by Carnegie Corporation, joined by the Broad Foundation, the Stupski Foundation and the New Schools Venture Fund, to create a design for a new kind of national organization to train school principals to lead high performing schools. Three years later, NCEE announced the launch of the National Institute for School Leadership. NISL’s Executive Development Program (EDP) is now the most widely used school leadership development program in the country and has trained more than 10,000 school principals in 27 states across the country, with four states adopting NISL as their primary school leadership program.
Independent studies by Old Dominion University and Johns Hopkins University have shown that students in schools led by NISL-trained leaders outperformed their peers on state tests in both mathematics and reading at a cost much lower than other leadership development programs. As a result of this demonstrated record of success, in 2015 and 2016, NISL received more than $22 million in competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Education to both expand and validate the EDP and to develop an advanced credentialing system for school principals.