New England Secondary School Consortium

League Members

Principals’ Professional Learning Group

Next Meeting: January 31, 2019, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown Hotel – 700 Elm St Manchester, NH

For more information and how to register for 2018-2019, click here.

Guiding Documents

Principals' PLG GOALS

The goal of the Principals’ PLGs is to support principal professional development and the implementation of personalizing learning in service of creating more equitable schools for all students.  Through our work participants will:

  • develop strategies and knowledge related to implementing personalized learning.

  • gain a network of peer support to accelerate their work in implementing personalized learning.

  • develop a deep knowledge of the structures and support to be gained from an authentic professional learning group. 

We achieve these goals by doing one of these types of work when we’re together:

  1. Reviewing and discussing the principal’s work
  2. Reviewing and discussing teacher or student work
  3. Reviewing and analyzing data
  4. Reviewing and discussing current research
Principals' PLG NORMS
  • Respect time and agenda
    • be on time, follow agenda, focus on what the presenter needs
  • Be present and participate fully
    • listen actively, engage in the protocol, take risks and encourage risk taking, monitor your own air time
    • phones off or if must be on, on silent and let the group know; computers closed–unless needed in presentation
  • Seek to understand
    • recognize and name your own assumptions
    • ask questions to understand others’ statements and positions
  • Maintain confidentiality
    • ok to share what you learned but not the details of other participants’ comments or specifics of who shared what

2017-2018 Meeting Schedule



    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    In person,
    Omni Providence Hotel, Providence,RI

    Thursday, January 18, 2018 
    weather delay date: Th., January 25

    In person
    Location TBD

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    In person at NESSC School Redesign in Action Conference
    pre-conference session


      Quotes shared by prior Principals’ PLG members

      “Through this process, I have gained resources, a new network, and clarity in how to navigate the challenges of changes as well as how to celebrate the work.”

      “There are a thousand questions around how to implement proficiency-based models in schools, and I can’t say enough about the PLG’s resources and thoughtfulness. You learn as much by listening as you do by presenting.”

      “As a leader, our work often isolates us, and it is quite beneficial to join with our colleagues for support. I learn from their experience and gain insight about working with my own school community.”

      “I ALWAYS leave a PLG thinking differently about some aspect of my work, and the reverberations of the PLG echo throughout my reflections for many weeks and months after the meeting. I am able to engage in a level of discourse about leadership which occurs no where else in my professional life, but which I deeply value.”



      2015 Principals' PLG Orientation

      2015 Principals’ PLG Orientation Webinar

      Hear from GSP Staff and Principal, David Pearson, Ellington Middle School, CT.

      watch now

      2016 Principals' PLG Orientation

      2016 Principals’ PLG Orientation Webinar

      Hear from GSP Staff and Principal, Steven Dellinger-Pate, U-32 Middle/High School, VT.

      → watch now


      Archived Meetings

      January 18, 2018, Manchester, NH

      March 27, 2017, Hartford, CT

      Connecticut Convention Center,
      Hartford, Connecticut

      Meeting Materials:

      click to download

      Pages from Consultancy Protocol (2)
      Consultancy Protocol (Groups 3 + 4)
      Pages from Modified tuning_adult_work March 2017
      Modified Tuning Protocol (Groups 1 + 2)
      Pages from Principal_PLG_All_Contacts
      PLG Participant Lists
      Principals’-PLG-Feedback March 2017_Page_1
      PLG Feedback Form

      March 26, 2015

      Coming soon