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Rural Education Alliance for Leadership (REAL Institute)

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  • Saint Francis University, Pennsylvania Leadership Development Center, and the IU 08 invite you and your leadership team to become a member of the REAL Institute.

    The Rural Education Alliance for Leadership, REAL, Institute, is designed to help local communities and educational agencies come together in efforts to support the needs of rural schools. Through discussions, forums, and guest speakers school district teachers and members of the Institute gain working knowledge about the issues rural communities are facing and the resources necessary to take action. The REAL Institute is a voice of change for rural school districts. A primary goal of the Institute is to engage with the right stakeholders in discussions to better inform policy and education.


    • Reduced rate for Act 45 PIL hours
    • 25% tuition discount for teachers and staff who enroll in Graduate Education programs of member schools at Saint Francis University
    • Exclusive invitation to guest lectures
    • Special invitation to legislative forums
    • Workforce development
    • Access to education repository 

    Become a member of the institute for two years ($500/year) and receive all the benefits listed above, by completing the membership registration form.

    Membership Registration

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  • Course Offerings

    • Digital Technology Leadership in Schools/REAL 601
    • Leadership Frameworks for Transforming Education
    Digital Technology Leadership in Schools/REAL 601

    In this 44 hour approved PIL program, leaders will follow a framework to build their understanding of the importance of vision and its relationship to digital leadership.

    This course is offered online + face-to-face at Saint Francis University

    Cost: $500/participant, $450/participant with REAL membership

    Leadership Frameworks for Transforming Education

    This 40 hour approved PIL program is designed to guide school leaders through the  five essential domains of leading: authentic, visionary, relational, quality and service leaders.

    Cost: $500/participant, $450/participant with REAL membership

  • REAL Highlights

    REAL Institute participants. This group includes administrators from the following schools: Central Cambria School District, Penn Cambria School District, Claysburg-Kimmel School District, Bishop Guilfolye High School, Tyrone Area School District, Divine Mercy Academy, and Bishop McCort Catholic High School.   

    The REAL Institute, a partnership between Saint Francis, PLDC, and IU 08, hosts an evidence fair in completion of the  ACT 45 course entitled, Leadership Frameworks for Transforming Education. This 40 credit hour PIL program was designed to guide school leaders through the five essential domains of leading: authentic, visionary, relational, quality, and service leaders. Dr. Pat Crawford facilitates this course throughout the semester and ends with an evidence fair of growth and achievement. We look forward to welcoming the new cohort in each semester! Interested participants should contact Graduate Director, Mrs. Melissa Peppetti.