PRN (Principal Residency Network)


Research has shown the critical element of visionary leaders to support and move schools in order to ensure equity for all students.  Training those leaders in theory and practice of leadership and management is essential. For 16 years, CLEE has led Rhode Island in training leaders who are currently taking on portions of leadership.

The mission of the PRN is to develop a cadre of principals who champion educational equity through leadership of innovative schools. We believe that the best learning takes place at the school site and within a small community (cohort) that integrates academic and applied learning.


The PRN has graduated 109 aspiring principals over the last 14 years. The placement rate for PRN graduates in leadership positions is approximately 90%. PRN leaders have served in over twenty Rhode Island school districts.

To learn about the history of the PRN, download our 2011 report, A Ten Year Journey, and our publication in the International Journal of Leadership Preparation, Transforming Equity-Oriented Leaders: Principal Residency Network Program Evaluation.

Curriculum and Accreditation

The PRN is a  residency-based building administrator certification program approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education.  For more information about the PRN, click on the links and download the following:

Application Information

The PRN accepts pairs of qualified aspiring principals and mentor principals to engage in an intensive residency-based program. Aspiring principals serve in their schools and are awarded administrative certification upon successful completion of the program.

Our new cohort 15/16 cohort has already been selected and started! The 16/17 PRN Application and Information Session will be announced in early fall.

Get prepared early: contact Kirsten LaCroix for program information.

To recommend someone to participate in the PRN please click, complete and submit the PRN Recommendation Form.