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MCLA Leadership Academy

Leadership Youtube videoOur goal is to prepare candidates to serve as highly effective leaders of educational institutions, and active citizens in their communities. Leadership Academy graduates will be able to: shape a vision based on equity, justice, and academic success for all students; create a climate hospitable for education in schools and the community; cultivate collaborative leadership with faculty and staff; improve curriculum and instruction; and manage people, data, and processes to foster continuous school improvement.

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The MCLA Leadership Academy is a cohort model that blends academic content with practical skill and knowledge development. Created to support the advancement of working professionals, the Academy is a low residency model (summer and weekend), with independent and online work assigned between sessions. Students will earn 31 credits through pre-practicum experiences, seven courses, an administrative project, an administrative practicum, and a culminating Leadership Academy Conference.

MCLA Leadership Academy courses will be taught by nationally recognized educational theorists and successful school and district practitioners serving in the roles of superintendent, principal, curriculum coordinator, and department leader. Courses will include a blend of social, political, and academic theories and practices in examining current trends in public education. We want to prepare school and district leaders who will ensure the highest quality and most equitable, just and effective learning environments for students. Activities will include reading, writing, discussion, group projects, case studies, simulations, experiences in museums, lectures by prominent thinkers, project-based tasks, self-assessment, quizzes/tests, fieldwork, and application of course concepts.


Marianne Young, Director:

Michelle Delisle, Administrative Assistant:

Telephone: 413-662-5381


Enrollment for Leadership Academy 2020 is closed.  Applications received after Thursday, April 29, 2020, will be placed on a Waiting List.

MCLA Leadership Academy 2020: Online

To ensure the health and safety of all involved with MCLA’s Leadership Academy, we will run the 2020 Leadership Academy online. The program will launch on July 7th following pre-work and orientation in June. All courses will be offered remotely, and internships will be designed by students and their supervisors to align with MA DESE guidelines and their PK-12 school and district protocols. We hope to be able to hold the November and March weekend residencies on campus, and a final decision regarding these will be forthcoming. It is our plan (and hope!) to close the year-long program with the Leadership Conference on campus in July 2021.

If you have not completed or submitted your application, we encourage you to do so by the priority deadline May 1st. If you have questions and would like more detailed information regarding MCLA’s Leadership Academy, please visit or contact us at

Marianne R. Young

Leadership Academy Director, Instructor


Success Story

Annie Pecor

An experienced teacher, the current head of the Berkshire County Elementary Principals Network, and a graduate of MCLA’s Master of Education program as well as MCLA Leadership Academy, Craneville Elementary School Principal Annie Pecor knows well that working in education can be challenging.

From Student to Principal 

Jesse McMillan

Fewer than 3 percent of Massachusetts’ school principals are under the age of 30, but as the recently named principal of New Hingham Regional Elementary School, 25-year-old MCLA alumnus Jesse McMillan ’14, M.Ed ’17 is one of them.

2015 Cohort at the top of Mt. Greylock 

Leadership students attending lecture 

 Professor leading discussion in outside classroom

A crowd of students listening to a musical performance

Jazz performers in a gallery setting