Search Is On For Dynamic New Cohort of Aspiring College Principals

This is a guest blog publish written by Shefon Taylor, Advertising and Communications Coordinator at Innovative Schools. 

In its drive to shut the achievement gap in public schools, the Delaware Leadership Project (DLP) is in search of applications from extremely motivated educators who would like to be a element of the fifth cohort of the principal training system created to build a new class of school leaders. Applications are now becoming accepted for the intensive, full-time, 14-month system that is the state’s first alternate route to principal certification. The DLP was designed by Modern Schools in partnership with the Delaware Department of Education as component of Delaware’s Race to the Prime reform agenda and is made to produce hugely experienced, rigorously skilled leaders for the state’s most large-requirements schools.

Admission to the DLP is extremely selective around 10 seats are available in the 2015-sixteen cohort. Just seven percent of candidates had been chosen for the fourth cohort this previous 12 months. Anyone interested in the program need to get started the variety method, like the submission of an on-line application at and participation in group and personal interviews.

The DLP is tuition cost-free to participants. Those accepted to the plan will acquire a stipend that is competitive with his/her present salary. To be regarded, candidates need to have a master’s degree in any area from a regionally accredited school or university a minimum of 3 many years of teaching knowledge undergraduate and graduate GPAs of 3. or increased exceptional communications and interpersonal capabilities and a demonstrated ability to make strides in closing the achievement gap.

The DLP plan consists of 4 phases:

  • A 6-week summer season intensive of coursework and instruction, which utilizes a task-based mostly finding out curriculum
  • A 14-month school-primarily based residency functioning side by side with a mentor principal, with ongoing coursework one particular day each and every week
  • A preparing summertime, in the course of which graduates obtain support as they transition into college leadership positions and
  • Two many years of ongoing coaching for graduates in their new roles.

These accepted to the system commit to doing work for three years as a principal or assistant principal in 1 of Delaware’s high-requirements schools.

Governor Jack Markell has endorsed the technique of the DLP. “We are attracting and getting ready new college leaders with interest, innovation, and industriousness that will aid our colleges turn out to be the greatest in the country,” Markell stated. “Their leadership will support us strengthen our colleges so far more college students realize their possible, such as their dreams in increased schooling and the world of function.”

Innovative Schools has modeled the DLP after NYC Leadership Academy’s Aspiring Principal Program. In accordance to an independent study conducted by the Institute for Education and Social Policy at New York University, that system has demonstrated the capability to reverse the decline of low-carrying out colleges and narrow the gaps with larger-carrying out peer schools in elementary and middle-college English language arts and math.

The deadline for applications is January 31st, 2015. Four data sessions and three on-line webinars have been scheduled for these interested in applying. Information about occasions and places of the data sessions and webinars may be obtained by visiting or by calling 302-656-4737.

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