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August 15, Applications Due: AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy

Around the country, district leaders are recognizing they have yet to figure out how to improve principal performance at scale. Despite investments in revised principal supervisor roles, districts are struggling to provide the requisite professional development and training for leaders taking on these roles. Successful principal supervision requires new ways of supporting principals in a partnership role, leading by teaching and learning in an atmosphere of mutual accountability.

AASA has partnered with the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership to bring their Principal Supervisor Professional Development Program to all central office leaders who support principals' instructional leadership growth as their primary responsibility.

The program will meet three times in person: October 2-4, 2017, in Oceanside, California, February 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee in conjunction with the National Conference on Education, and May 10-11, 2018, in Oceanside, California. The program will be limited to 50 participants. Application deadline: August 15, 2017.

By joining the AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy, participants will benefit through:

  • Understanding and creating the structures and routines necessary to improve the performance of principals as instructional leaders, including:
  • Building and protecting calendars
  • Developing effective 1:1 work with principals
  • Developing effective principal professional learning communities
  • Using a teaching approach as the primary lever for improving principal performance
  • Communicating, clearly and continually, the work between the principal supervisor and principals
  • Assessing, gathering, and using evidence to support and monitor principal progress
  • Jointly developing a focus of work with each principal and utilizing learning and planning guides to focus their work together
  • Reflecting upon, setting goals for, and monitoring progress of their own development as effective principal supervisors

The content for this academy will be based upon the Council of Chief State School Officers Principal Supervisor Standards, the latest research on adult learning and leadership development, as well as promising practice from districts across the country. The academy participants will work from problems of practice, use cycles of inquiry, learn from case studies, utilize virtual professional learning communities, and virtual individual coaching.

The cost of the program is $5000, which includes instruction and materials for three in-person meetings, 2 virtual workshops, and four hours of virtual coaching per participant during the 8 months of training.

Upon successful completion of this one -year program, participants will receive an AASA/CEL diploma of completion and professional achievement, a valuable addition to their professional portfolio.

To apply, visit aasa.org/form.aspx?ekfrm=41195

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