Educational Leadership Academy

Creating Better Leaders: Educational Leadership Academy

Veteran administrators Bobby Dodd and Dr. Neil Gupta share leadership strategies for developing future and current leaders.  The academies are flexible and can be organized to fit each district, building and organizations' needs.

School Districts need to have a plan to grow and build capacity in developing leaders.  Educational leaders need guidance that is not always readily available in the educational field.  The academies will cover various topics including:

  • The importance of relationships in education;
  • Creating classroom environments that are conducive to learning;
  • Accessing and sharing professional growth;
  • Changing cultures in schools and classrooms;
  • Communicating to brand your building and district;
  • Innovating education;
  • Managing change as a leader
  • Foundations of effective leadership; and
  • Planning, organizing and managing the early stages of administration positions

Participants in each academy will receive The Essential Steps to Educational Leadership workbook along with other exciting opportunities such as mentoring, coaching, and professional networking essentials.  Graduate credit and CEUs are available for each academy.


Bobby DoddBobby Dodd is the high school principal at Gahanna Lincoln High School in Ohio.  Dodd’s passion for helping others lead him to create new opportunities for students and staff such as digital academies, college summer camps, fabrication laboratories, Early College High School, and personalized learning environments.  Dodd has received awards for his contributions as a connected educator including the 2016 NASSP National Digital Principal of the Year award.  His experiences include: innovative program development, staff development, student learning, and curriculum development.

Neil GuptaNeil Gupta has a deep passion in being an educational leader with a focus on coaching leaders. Neil is the Director of Secondary Education for Worthington City Schools and serves as Past President on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Association of Secondary Schools Administrators. His experiences include: data analysis, project management, engaging in high-yield strategies, student learning, and staff development.