Principal Residency Network (PRN)


Ready, Willing, Hired, Sustained 


Our Our PRN Informational Video has more detail on pathways and admission.

PRN Info Sessions:

  • Monday, March 4, 2024 - 4:30 - 5:30 pm


PRN is a residency-based building administrator (PK-12) certification program approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education. For over 20 years, PRN has trained Rhode Island leaders through an intensive residency-based building administrator preparation program. The mission of PRN is to prepare aspiring leaders through a residency-based preparation route to certification to champion educational equity through leadership of innovative schools for the purpose of improving student achievement. We believe:

  • School leaders have a great influence on educational experiences to ensure equitable outcomes for all students,

  • Effective leadership development is the key to ensuring school leaders are prepared to implement the changes needed to achieve educational equity,

  • Due to the complicated nature of school leadership, effective leadership development requires the use of research-based practices that are constructivist, learner-centered, and engage aspiring principals in a community of practice, and therefore,

  • The best learning takes place at the school site and within a small community that integrates academic and applied learning. Learning on site requires a tight structure, clear and high expectations Rhode Island Standards for Educational Leader (RISEL), constant reflection, communication, and feedback.


We have graduated over 200 aspiring principals who have either trained or been hired in 39 different RI districts and charter schools. The placement rate for PRN graduates in leadership positions is approximately 92%.

All PRN program completers will exhibit either proficiency in or awareness of the knowledge and practices of the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy (as required by the Rhode Island Right to Read Act).


PRN is a residency-based building administrator certification program with a research-based design.  

For more information about PRN, view or download the following:

PRN accepts partnerships 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.

Get prepared early: contact Evelyn Cosme-Jones,, for program information.