PURPOSEThe purpose of the Aspiring Leaders Program is to offer selected instructional personnel an opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to function as an Assistant Principal. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSAt least once each year, the Office of Professional Learning and Digital Innovation shall advertise for applicants to apply for the Aspiring Leaders Program. Those selected for participation must:
Successful teaching experience required as demonstrated by the candidate’s application, references, recommendations, prior evaluations, and interview.
Must hold a Florida Educational Leadership Certification, successfully passed the FELE, and have initial clinical education training by August 1st.
- Completed application and three (3) years of satisfactory evaluations (Final Evaluation score 66 or higher)
- Fulfilled at least two (2) years as a teacher leader (Team Leader, Department Chair, Academic Coach)
- Rubric score of 85% or higher on entrance interview and data performance task
HOW TO APPLYCompleted applications including supporting documents should be scanned into one PDF file and emailed to Dr. Jodi Cronin or sent via the CCPS pony (Administration Building c/o Professional Learning: Box #100) by March 22, 2019.A virtual overview session will occur on March 8, 2019 at 10:00am for more information. (The session will be recorded and posted for future reference.) SELECTION PROCEDUREBased on the participant’s experience, evaluation ratings, and the strength of the principal’s recommendation, the Office of Professional Development & Learning (PDL) shall select participants for the program annually. Should there be any question about an applicant’s qualifications or should there be a need to differentiate between the abilities of two or more candidates, interviews using performance sampling techniques will be scheduled. Selected participants will be notified of said interviews by the coordinator of the program. LENGTH OF PROGRAMThe Aspiring Leaders Program is a one-year program that includes face-to-face sessions, online modules, and independent learning developed to prepare participants to become Assistant Principals. CURRICULUM CONTENTTopics covered include: An Overview of The 10 Florida Principal Leadership Standards: Vision, Instructional Leadership, Managing the Learning Environment, Community and Stakeholder Partnerships, Decision Making Strategies, Diversity, Technology, Learning, Accountability and Assessment, Human Resource Development and Ethical Leadership. SUPPORT COMPONENTThe participant’s current supervisor will become a mentor who provides support and guidance. The participant will be required to shadow his/her mentor. A journal of the shadowing experience will be submitted for review. TRAININGTraining opportunities will be conducted during non-work hours, and participants will receive MIPs (Master In-Service Plan) points. Participants will not receive a stipend for attending. Requirements will include participation in session activities, reflection pieces, and an action research/teacher inquiry project.The Aspiring Leaders Program is a one-year program designed to prepare instructional personnel to become teacher-leaders, assistant principals or district leaders. Ten sessions are scheduled for this year. Each two-hour session will consist of presentation, reflection, sharing, and activity components. All sessions will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Center, 5775 Osceola Trail from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM.The National Staff Development Council’s standard describes staff development that improves the learning of all students requires skillful school and district leaders who guide continuous instructional improvement. The 10 Florida Principal Leadership Standards describe what a highly principal needs to know and to do. Those standards include leading schools by establishing a vision, setting high expectations, ensuring student achievement, creating a culture of continuous learning, using multiple sources of data, and engaging the community.