About the Oklahoma Principals' Academy

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Founded in 1994, the mission of the Oklahoma Principals' Academy is to provide Oklahoma’s K-12 principals and assistant principals networking opportunities and leadership development customized for the unique challenges of leading today's elementary and secondary schools.


  • Leadership development for Oklahoma’s principals comparable to that offered to many upper level executives in successful organizations.
  • Cultivate a sense of self-awareness through experiential education emphasizing growth in communication, cooperation and teamwork, trust, problem-solving, and leadership.
  • Develop a range of management and leadership skills and abilities such as effective hiring methodologies, time management, establishing a positive school culture, defining school vision and mission, cooperation and effectively managing change, understanding group dynamics, building trust and motivating others.
  • Provide the opportunity for Oklahoma’s Principals to network, learn, and brainstorm ideas with their peers and other K-12 leaders.


  • Increased knowledge and understanding of managing and leading in today’s K-12 schools.
  • Take away a more complete understanding of how your behavior impacts students, faculty, staff, supervisors and other key stakeholders.
  • Have an expanded network of colleagues and professionals in K-12 schools.


  • Information Presentation
  • Facilitate Discussion of Questions
  • The June session starts at 6 p.m. on Monday and ends at 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – session starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., Friday – session begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. Each remaining session is 1½ days, Wednesday nights and Thursday and they begin at 6 p.m. the first night and end around 2:30 p.m. the following day.

SESSION 1 – June 13-17, 2016, Marriott Conference Center, Norman

  • Summer Retreat
    In this introductory session participants will engage with K-12 educational leaders sharing best practices, success stories, and practical solutions you can apply at your school, holding meaningful discussions on a wide variety of topics that enrich leadership, knowledge and skills. Participants will also participate in a Challenge Course, experiential education emphasizing growth in communication, cooperation and teamwork, trust, problem-solving, and leadership. We believe in "Challenge by Choice." Participants are encouraged to get out of their comfort zone and go one step further than they think they can go, however, the choice is up to them.

    Facilitators: Dr. Jim Machell, Dean of the University of Central Oklahoma College of Education and Professional Studies, Lenis DeRieux, Executive Director of Human Resources & Communications, Deer Creek School District, Dr. Terry Saul, Superintendent, Sequoyah Public Schools, additional facilitators TBD.

Follow-up Session Dates:

  • Session 2 - September 14-15, 2016, UCO, Edmond
  • Session 3 - November 9-10, 2016, Doubletree Downtown, Tulsa
  • Session 4 - February 1-2, 2017, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond
  • Session 5 - April 5-6, 2017, Stillwater

Follow-up Session Topics:

  • Shaping School Culture
    Participants will discuss what helps and hinders a school’s culture, defining school vision, mission, and values, the inclusion or exclusion of students, parents and the community in the planning and facilitating consensus and effectively managing change with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.

    Facilitator: Dr. Terry Saul, Superintendent, Sequoyah Public Schools
  • Instructional Leadership: Building a Vital Community of Learners
    Setting clear goals, managing curriculum, monitoring lesson plans, allocating resources and evaluating teachers regularly to promote student learning and growth, participants will discuss how to do their jobs better and ultimately help students learn more effectively.

    Facilitators: Dr. Scott Beck, Principal, Norman High School and Dr. Peter Liesenfeld, Principal, Norman North High School
  • Human Capital: Strengthening the Education Workforce to Better Serve Students
    Participants will discuss how to attract, train, motivate, evaluate, compensate and retain these important people and learn best practices regarding communication with staff, parents and the community.

    Facilitator: Lenis DeRieux, Executive Director of Human Resources & Communications, Deer Creek School District
  • State Education Initiatives
    In this session, Oklahoma State Department of Education personnel will discuss the current realities of State and Federal Education Priorities and ho


Registration Fee: $1849.00 includes meals, lodging, and instructional materials for each session (Deadline to register: April 29, 2016). Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the session locations.

For more information contact:
Cary Williams
Director, Educators' Leadership Academy
Phone: (405) 974-5561 Email: