Welcome to Principals Academy

Notice: Office Temporarily Closed on 11-13 September 2019

Please be informed that Principals Academy's office will be closed on 11-13 September 2019 for our assessment conference and continuing professional development.

Principals Academy's office will resume normal operation on Monday, 16 September 2019.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to serving you again.


Principals Academy Inc or PAI was established on 14 November 2003 as a joint venture between Academy of Principals (Singapore) and Economic Development Board (EDB) in response to Singapore Government's vision of developing the nation into a thriving international education hub.

Our work revolves around the provision of Professional Development, Accreditation, Consultancy and Enrichment to Educators and Learners alike.

We welcome you to explore our website further to find out who we are and what we do.

Have a question? Contact Us!

Upcoming Professional Development Programmes

 APEAC2019 PosEd
 MTV Protocols 

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Our Works


Institute on Effective Differentiation

The Institute of Effective Differentiation was presented by Professors Carol Ann Tomlinson, Catherine Brighton and Tonya Moon from the University of Virginia, United States. The Institute was attended by over 200 participants with educators from Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand. The event was held at Holiday Inn City Centre from 26 to 28 June 2019.

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Positive Education Workshops

A series of Positive Education workshops were presented by Dr Paula Robinson from the Positive Psychology Institute of Australia from 15 to 17 April 2019. Over 200 participants got to learn about evidence based practical activities as well as to understand how to evaluate Positive Education initiatives. Click here to hear what our participants has to say for her workshop.

Click here for more Positive Education workshops in Nov 2019 by Professor Toni Noble

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Design Thinking in Action

Over 20 participants attended this high energy workshop presented by Dr Michael Netzley on 11 April 2019 held in Singapore Management University. Participants acquired tools to develop diverse perspectives, build collaborative listening skills, hone storytelling abilities, and experience varied ways to process information that provide deeper user insights. The workshop was jointly organised by SMU Academy and Principals Academy.

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Critical Thinking Workshops

Principals Academy organised a series of Critical Thinking workshops for over 200 participants from 4 to 10 April 2019 presented by Dr Gerald Noisch from the renowned Foundation for Critical Thinking which is based in the United States. Topics covered were An Introduction to The Fundamentals of Critical Thinking & the Art of Instruction, Teaching Students to Think Through the Content of the Course or Discipline, Questioning Students and Teaching Students to Question and others.

Click here to read some of the feedback from the participants

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Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning

Principals Academy organised an Inquiry-based Learning and Teaching workshop in Republic Polytechnic on 30 Jan and 1 Feb 2019. The workshop was presented by Ms Brenda Yeow. Click on this link for participants feedback and also the future runs of this workshop.

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Mentoring for Key Personnel and Senior Teachers

On 29 and 30 January 2019, Principals Academy organised a Mentoring workshop for Key Personnel and Senior Teachers at Wellington Primary School. The workshop was presented by Mrs Belinda Charles. Click on this link for participants feedback and also the future runs of this workshop.

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Visit by National Chi Nan University, Taiwan

A delegation from the National Chi Nan University (NCNU) of Taiwan which included the President, Professor Oliver Su and three NCNU professors were hosted to a welcome dinner by the Principals Academy on 29 January 2019. The visit also included meetings with the Taipei Representative Office as well as exploring collaborations between NCNU and Principals Academy.

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Havard Project Zero Workshops

Ms Tina Blythe, the Director of Learning and Outreach at Harvard Project Zero was in Singapore from 19 to 28 November 2018 to deliver a series of workshops for schools ranging from Making Student Thinking Visible to Protocols in the Classroom. 

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Critical Thinking Workshops

A series of workshops were conducted for over 128 primary and secondary school teachers from 19 to 20 November 2018. The presenter was Dr Roy van den Brink-Budgen and the topics range from Critical and Creative Thinking in the Primary Classroom to Critical and Inventive Thinking in the Secondary Classroom.

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Item Response Theory Workshop

The two day workshop on Item Response Theory was from 12 to 13 November 2018 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel with over 40 educators in attendance. Dr Martin Walker from Durham University provided practical and intensive introduction to 21st century assessment techniques during the two days.

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5th International Conference on Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Second Language

The 5th International Conference on Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Second Language (TLCSL) was organised by the Singapore Centre of Chinese Language and Principals Academy at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre on 12 Sep 2018 (Wed) and 13 Sep 2018 (Thu). School visits were also organised on Wednesday 11 Sep 2018 for our overseas participants. The conference was attended by over 1000 participants from Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.

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D.I. Asia Summit 2018

The 3rd D.I. Asia Summit 2018 was attended by over 200 participants from 6 to 7 September 2018 in Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. Renowned gurus in differentiated instruction include Dr Carol Ann Tomlinson,
Dr Richard Cash, Mr Rick Wormeli, Mr Larry Lewin and Dr Kathy Perez.

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International Education Conference 2018

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This inaugural International Education Conference organised by Singapore Management University and Principals Academy brought strategies from thought leaders and educators from top performing schools in the world, such as Westminster School (United Kingdom) and African Leadership Academy (South Africa) on how to develop agile and adaptable youth in this technological era.

Beyond the taught curriculum, the conference also explores and celebrates positivity, resilience and empathy that all effective schools must promote to ensure that our students are able to thrive in a complex and volatile world.

Over 200 participants attended the conference in Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel from 25 to 26 July 2018. The conference had the honour of Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry; and Mayor, South West District to launch the Singapore Positive Education Network. 



The Singapore Experience

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Principals Academy (PAI) had the privilege of hosting a delegation of 26 principals from New South Wales, Australia from 16 to 20 April 2018. PAI delivered an educational management program known as "The Singapore Experience" which included school visits for the principals over the 5 days. The finale of the program was the graduation dinner held on the night of 20 April 2018 in Shangri-La Hotel. A certificate of accomplishment was presented to each of the participant for completing the program.