Information on Future Cohorts

We intent to launch two new cohorts in the summer or early fall of 2017. One cohort will take place in the Twin Cities and one will take place in greater Minnesota.

We are currently seeking input from school and district leaders from around the state to determine where the 2017-2019 Minnesota Principals Academy regional cohort in greater Minnesota will be held. If your region has an interest in bringing the Academy to a location that can serve 25-30 school leaders, please consider contacting Dr. Pekel.

Further information will be available as cohorts are confirmed.

Download PA Information Sheet [PDF]


The cost of the program is $7000/participant. Currently the cost is in part covered for public school leaders through legislative funding appropriated to MDE. The grant from MDE covers $3500 of the cost. The remaining $3500 can be paid over two fiscal years, leaving the district responsible for $1750 per year. This legislative funding is expected to continue through 2018.

Selection Factors

Applicants must have:

  1. Leadership responsibility for an entire school or program (principal, assistant principal, special education director, etc.)
  2. If assistant principal, exercised responsibility for instructional programming (beyond student discipline)
  3. An interest in improving as an instructional leader and improving academic outcomes for students
  4. A commitment to leading a Minnesota school/program for at least 3 more years


Applications for the 2017-2019 cohorts will be available beginning in the spring of 2017. If you would like to be placed on a notification list to be informed when the applications are available, please send an email to

For questions, please contact Katie Pekel at 612-625-7002 or