Turnaround Leadership Academy
Aspiring and Experienced Principals Eligible for Second Cohort of the Turnaround Leadership Academy
The Turnaround Leadership Academy will launch the second cohort in July. This program offers a unique, problem-based approach to leadership development aimed to strengthen experienced principals and to develop aspiring principals. Click here to watch a short video.
A two-week summer institute for experienced principals will take place on July 1-12, excluding July 4, at Worcester State University; the final three days of the institute will involve members of the principal’s school leadership team. Room and board for the summer institute is included in the year-long program fee borne by school districts from Race to the Top funds; the $10,000 fee for this year-long program includes intensive coaching for an entire school year.
The program for aspiring principals begins with a four-week Summer Intensive at Worcester State, July 1-26, excluding the holiday. This program also includes a full-year residency working alongside a mentor principal, and intensive coaching on a twice-a-month basis throughout the school year. The $15,000 fee for the program is covered under a district’s Race to the Top funds and includes optional room and board at the university for the Summer Intensive as well as all costs for the full year-long program.
The Turnaround Leadership Academy provides rigorous training to prepare experienced and aspiring principals to lead the highest-need urban and rural schools in Massachusetts. It is sponsored and supported by the Commonwealth’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Teachers21 is seeking ESE approval of this program as an alternate route to principal certification.
Members of the first cohort began the preparation program last July, participating in a four-week Summer Intensive organized around problem based learning events related to a scenario school that simulates one of the lowest-performing schools in Massachusetts. After the initial training these aspiring principals are serving in school-based residency assignments in Boston, Lawrence, Springfield, New Bedford and Cape Cod. They each work side by side with a mentor principal, receive regular coaching from the Academy’s staff, and participate in further full-day trainings throughout the year. When they graduate and are appointed principals, they are eligible for a second year of ongoing coaching support.
If an accepted aspiring principal candidate does not already have a leadership position in a district, their district must provide such a position for the residency experience, or the Academy’s staff will help them find an alternate district willing to sponsor them. The nominal cost to the sponsoring district includes the Summer Intensive, the residency curriculum, and the year-long coaching. During his or her first year as a principal the candidate will be eligible for additional coaching.
The Turnaround Leadership Academy is a partnership effort of Teachers21 and the NYC Leadership Academy. Teachers21 is a highly respected state-wide organization known for its professional development, public policy work, and educational research. The NYC Leadership Academy is a nationally recognized leadership preparation program for aspiring principals. Both organizations also provide ongoing development and support of those already on the job who are committed to developing a capacity for reversing the decline of low-performing schools.
Candidates may also contact Marie Deedy, Program Associate for the Turnaround Leadership Academy, via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (781.416.0980).