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13 NxGLA Cohorts

55 Districts Served

7 Regional Co-Op Partners

Academy Overview

Registration for Cohort #14 is open!

The UK Next Generation Leadership Academy (NxGLA) seeks leaders who understand that the educational system, originally designed for an Industrial Era, is no longer adequate in preparing students for a diverse, global economy.

We engage leaders at all levels to share innovative models and approaches for creating personalized systems of deeper learning to:

  • Transform the teaching and learning experience
  • Leverage technology for disruptive change
  • Facilitate strategic planning efforts in systems redesign
  • Coach and support change leaders

For over thirteen years, participation in the Academy has sparked innovation around next-generation learning across the state.

Leaders who have participated overwhelmingly credit the academy experience with helping them move forward in creating learner-centered innovations in their schools and districts. Students and teachers are more engaged as a result, and student achievement has improved as a result.

See our 2023 Impact Report for more information on the impact of the Next Generation Leadership Academy.

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Academy Features

Academy participants will:

  • Learn about innovative programs and research-based practices.

  • Network with colleagues across the state and nation.

  • Access open resource technology tools for learning.

  • Collaborate with University of Kentucky College of Education faculty.

  • Visit model Next Generation Schools.

  • Access national and international experts.

Academy Theory of Change Network Leaders Focus on Transformation Start with Cultural Change toward Innovation Build Capacity for Deeper Learning Listen to Kids See Lots of Examples Identify an Entry Point Design a Specific Project Implement with Fidelity


Every year there are typically between 70-120 participants in the statewide Leadership Academy, typically representing school teams of 3-10 people. 

Academy Goals

The Academy will assist in the development of new learning systems designed to:

  1. Improve and deepen learning for all students.

  2. Increase the number of graduates ready for college and career.

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Next Generation Leadership Academy

NxGLA Pricing

The cost for each participant in the 7 day Academy is $1,000. Please contact us for additional questions about Academy pricing or for large volume discounts.



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Resources and Information

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2023-2024 Dates

  • March 8, 2023 - Registration Opens
  • July 1, 2023 - Registration Closes
  • July 11, 2023 - Day 1/NEXT 2023 (In Person)
  • September 19, 2023 - Day 2 (In Person)
  • October 19, 2023 - Day 3 (In Person)
  • November 16, 2023 - Day 4 (Virtual)
  • January 10, 2024 - Day 5 (Virtual)
  • February 28, 2024 - Day 6 (Virtual)
  • April 18, 2024 - Day 7 (In Person)
In-person Academy events will take place in Lexington or surrounding areas. 
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"[UK Next Gen] provide[s] a lot of great ideas. They share things that are going on around the state and around the country, but then you pick where your starting point is and where you want your ending point to be."

-Contessa Orr, Muhlenberg County Superintendent, NxGLA learner