The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Excellence in Leadership Certification was developed for program staff in a leadership role who are looking for strategies to effectively lead and motivate others, to create and maintain a positive workplace culture, to demonstrate emotional intelligence and to overcome leadership challenges.

Congratulations to the graduates of the 2020 Excellence in Leadership Certification!

A new cohort for 2021 is now open! Sessions begin in January 2021 and conclude by June 2021. Click here for the 2021 class application.

Course Schedule*



Session 1
January 8, 2021
Leadership that Matters 
Drew Dudley, Day One Leadership
Session 2
February 5, 2021
The Organized Leader
Katherine Spinney, Katherine Spinney Coaching LLC
Session 3
February 26, 2021
Authentic Communication & Emotional Intelligence 
Sarah Colantonio & Kedren Crosby, Work Wisdom
Session 4
March 26, 2021
The Resilient Leader: Bounce Back for Success
Faisal Khan, 1ExtraordinaryLife
Session 5
April 9, 2021
Leading Through Change
Wendy Kubasko, Shippensburg University
Session 6
April 30, 2021
Leading for Equity in Challenging Times
Shauna King, LaSalle University
Session 7
May 21, 2021
Leading Through Conflict
Sarah Colantonio & Kedren Crosby, Work Wisdom
Session 8
June 11, 2021
Self-Respect: The Foundation for Quality Leadership
Sharing Projects │Retreat

*Sessions 1-7 of the course will meet virtually. The final course session on June 11 is tentatively planned as an in-person event.