Alaska Innovative School Leaders Academy (AISLA)

The Alaska Innovative School Leaders Academy (AISLA) is designed to support and encourage principals who are engaged in school improvement and innovation. Lexie Domaradzki and Gary Whiteley will facilitate this program.

AISLA members will participate in a wide array of face-to-face and web-based activities that provides the knowledge and resources to address the specific challenges of implementing educational reforms.

Examples of the topics that AISLA will assist school leaders in implementing are the new Alaska English/ Language Arts, the new Alaska Math Standards, and new teacher evaluation systems.

The Alaska Innovative School Leaders Academy facilitators and the staff of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development recognize that learning-by-doing and job-embedded professional leaning are more relevant and meaningful for school-level leaders if improved performance is expected.

Learning about new content or information is not helpful unless it is applied directly to the day-to-day interactions of school leaders.

AISLA will provide content, interactive processes and protocols that support school leaders’ development of cognitive knowledge, interpersonal skills, and intrapersonal awareness.

The overarching goal of the Alaska Innovative School Leader Academy is to improve the performance of school-level leaders through increased resourcefulness.

The AISLA will utilize the book The School Leaders’ Implementation Field Guide: Designing and Supporting High-Performance Teams. 

One essential component of the Academy will be forming High Performance Teams of principals for ongoing support throughout the school year.  The High Performance Teams will participate in bi-annual Academy meetings, quarterly cohort meetings, quarterly webinars, and frequent contact with their respective team members.

Where Anchorage Sheraton Hotel
When October 16-17 and January 15-16 (both Academies end at 4pm on Friday)
Content Alaska Math and English/Language Art Standards, reading and math improvement, Response to Intervention (RTI), and district/ school initiatives
Commitment Attend both academies and engage in the confidential coaching process.


If you have questions about the program please contact Gary Whiteley at 907.394.4445 or through e-mail at