Monday, January 02, 2006

Seeking new leaders for urban schools

Program offers training for candidates wishing to become principals

New Leaders for New Schools is accepting applications for candidates who want to lead change for children in low income communities by becoming urban public school principals. Candidates should have a record of success in leading adults, expertise in K-12 teaching, and a strong drive to lead an urban school. Most importantly, candidates must believe that every child has the potential to achieve academically at high levels.

Eligibility: a minimum of 2-3 years of successful K-12 instruction experience. A teaching certificate is preferred. Deadline: March 1, 2006. To learn more about the selection critieria and application process, visit the New Leaders for New Learning website.

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3 comments:

Rose said...

Well that's good giving teachers an opportunity to train for something higher....

Jaimie said...

My principal and vice principal are terrible DCS. Terrible. They need leadership training and mentorship desperately. The school is falling apart, teacher morale is low-they completely turned our school upside down.

DCS said...

Rose: Yes, it is a good opportunity for teachers. In many urban centers like St. Louis, there is a shortage of principals.

Jaimie: That's too bad about the leadership at your school. You've already talked about teacher morale? How is the situation affecting students?

If parents are unhappy, they have the right to take it up with the superintendent and school board. If you have good leadership at the central office level, hopefully this situation can get rectified. If it doesn't, my guess is that teachers will be looking for work in other schools or leaving the district altogether.

Jaimie, have you thought of pursuing a leadership program like this one? Being a principal certainly is challenging. You have to have good management skills, good people skills, and be willing to walk on water every day. That's in addition for being responsible for instruction.

So, Jaimie, when are you going to apply? You'd make a great candidate!