Leadership Circle

Finally, innovative support aligned to real leadership challenges. Join Cognia’s exclusive circles of K–12 district leaders and principals to solve your toughest problems. Dynamic content, on-demand support, peer collaboration, and more to help you get the job done.

School leadership is isolating.

Cognia’s Leadership Circle offers distinct peer communities dedicated to district and school leaders.

Collaboration is better than typical sit-and-get professional development (PD). We are the connective tissue that facilitates collaboration. With us, leaders learn from one another.

You deserve pragmatic and efficient systems to engage with other leaders for support, input, and advice. Leadership Circle delivers clear, peer-tested information, in a collaborative format, that helps you with day-to-day leadership.

K–12 thought leaders

Tap the best minds in K–12 education.

One virtual platform

Access practical, ever-expanding content and solutions.

There when you need them

Get input and advice from peers efficiently.

Is Leadership Circle right for you?

If you’re a leader who believes that you need support and you’re willing to give support to others, then Cognia Leadership Circle may be perfect.

Don’t lead alone.

Learn more about what Leadership Circle offers you.

Not yet a member?

Get inspired. Listen to our weekly Leader Chat podcast with host, Dr. Jeff Rose.

Already a Leadership Circle member?

Lead with confidence

When you participate in Leadership Circle, you’ll immerse yourself in a community of like-minded peers who relate to the challenges you face daily.

Pose tough questions that are answered collaboratively. Surround yourself in a supportive group that energizes you. And, grow as a leader.

Don’t just take our word for it. At the inaugural Leadership Circle Summit which took place in October 2023, 50 superintendents from around the U.S. gathered for a once-in-a-lifetime event. Listen to member experiences.

Networking with a great group of leaders from across the country provides a deeper understanding of the national landscape of critical issues we face every day in our districts."
Erin Prince
Central Kitsap Schools (WA)
I appreciate the time away from the daily work to think, meet, and collaborate with other colleagues. Great group!"
Tracy Dorland
Assistant Superintendent
Adams 12 Five Star Schools (CO)
I appreciate the opportunity to interact in a different way with leaders from all over the county. I enjoyed the two days ‘on the balcony’."
Brenton White
A+ Charter Schools, INC (TX)
We were focused on a relevant and important topic, safety. Our discussions were incredibly thoughtful."
LeeAnn Gandy
Lovington Municipal Schools (NM)
Great balance of pragmatism and peer consulting and feedback!"
Brian Hightower
Cherokee County Schools (GA)

Leadership Communities

As an education leader, you impact communities, teachers, and most importantly learners. Your support and professional development must align to current and future challenges.

We offer Leadership Circles dedicated to the needs of two distinct audiences: District Superintendents and their executive teams, and School Principals. The Leadership Circle focuses on a collaborative model of serving leaders based on their pressing needs. Through a program of on-demand support and interaction, we listen to what leaders are grappling with and respond by tapping into the collective wisdom of the dedicated community.

This exclusive community of K-12 superintendents AND senior team members provides an opportunity to address complicated and unique day-to-day challenges. The Superintendent Leadership Circle opens the doors to support and innovative solutions by offering interaction with peers unrestricted by your geography, creating a trusted space for professional discourse, and reducing the isolation characteristic of a superintendent’s role.

School principals face numerous day-to-day operational issues, and interact with teachers, students, parents, and local community stakeholders. This ability to communicate, plan, and problem solve time sensitive and often urgent tasks, requires the dedicated peer support available in the Principal Leadership Circle.


Solution Circles

Members submit a problem online. Within a week, we gather school leaders to collaborate and discuss solutions.

Leader Chats

Members can join live or watch on-demand chats with top education leaders from around the country.

Think Tanks

When common, complex issues become a trend, members are invited to leader discussions focused on pragmatic solutions.

Private Online Community

The Leadership Circle community is a 24/7, online tool, where members find exclusive content, connect with other members, and share ideas.

Invitation-only National Events

Several times a year, members are invited to leadership events at our headquarters, and to events aligned with national conferences.





Engage, grow, and learn—around the clock and across the country

Launch a Solution Circle

It’s simple to circle up with your peers: Submit your problem and join school leaders from around the country to find a solution.

Join our Online Community

Members access all community content from one place. Ask questions, post your thoughts, and share ideas with your peers.

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Tackle Industry Issues

Across the country, leaders struggle through common and complex issues. When trends emerge, we pull together a “Think Tank,” a live and recorded discussion with leaders focused on pragmatic solutions.

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Attend Leader Chat with Dr. Jeff Rose

Listen in as Dr. Rose chats with prominent leaders to address pressing issues of the day. Attend live to pose questions to guests as they discuss tough problems—from school board politics to school improvement and student safety.

Circle up with peers. Don’t lead alone.