Leadership Development Academy

Professional Development

Professional Development


Leadership Development Academy


NCPN is dedicated to serving practitioners of career pathways, career technical education (CTE), adult education, and workforce development initiatives. We strive to streamline and strengthen the career pathways message and its implementation across the nation and abroad. To that end, NCPN has created the NCPN Leadership Development Academy (LDA).

The LDA is a year-long professional development program designed to help career pathways practitioners develop leadership skills that will equip them to better serve the broader goals of their institutions, communities, and stakeholders.

What is the duration?

December–October, culminating at the NCPN Conference

Who should participate?

Participants typically include, but are not limited to, career pathways coordinators, CTE directors, occupational deans, workforce development personnel, adult education teachers and administrators, and counselors.

How often do we meet?

The LDA meets virtually once a month. All sessions will be virtual, with the exception of graduation during the annual NCPN Conference.

What is the cost?

There is a one-time payment of $600, due at the start of the program.

What is the program content?

The LDA focuses on defining and developing key skills of a good leader. Topics of discussion will include: assessing who you are as a leader; crisis leadership; how to motivate, inspire, and empower your team; the importance of communication in leadership; and how to incorporate creativity and innovation in leadership strategies, to name a few. Participants hear from guest presenters who share their insights and evidence-based strategies for becoming a great leader in any profession.

What is the registration deadline?

November (specific date TBD).


Claudia Maness, NCPN Director (cdmaness@cord.org)

Lisa Williams, LDA Chair (Lisa.Williams@fldoe.org)