Rural Education Alliance for Leadership (REAL Institute)


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.


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Membership Benefits

  • 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) to receive the benefits listed above. Register below.



Scheduled for members according to cohort demand. 


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.

Offered online + face-to-face at Saint Francis University

$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

Questions? Contact Us



   Linda A. Kline: 814.472.3147     
   Melissa Peppetti: 814.472.3068