Creating and sustaining a pipeline of school leaders is more urgent now then ever before and currently; in partnership with the Wallace Foundation, Prince George’s County Public Schools has a multitude of programs geared toward supporting current administrators and developing aspiring administrators. The intent of these programs are to deepen the skill sets of sitting administrators or develop potential administrators, with the primary goal of developing a framework that undergirds what is best from each program to creating and sustaining a selection process, build a candidate pool, train and develop candidates and support principals’ post-job selection.
District stakeholders’ focal points for building leadership capacity revolves around four critical areas:
1) defining leadership,
2) providing high quality pre-service training,
3) selective hiring and
4) providing effective on the job evaluation and support.
Ultimately, our belief is that change happens at the classroom and school level. At a certain point, student achievement gains will become stagnant if we cannot build the capacity of our people – most notably, our classroom teachers and school leaders. These are the people who most impact teaching and learning each day for every student.
If we can place a highly effective instructional leader in every school, those leaders can, in turn, build the capacity of teachers and other instructional staff in the building in a way that maximizes student achievement. PGCPS will be able to actualize these grant investments to build leadership capacity.
by Jamie Anfenson-Comeau Staff writer for Gazette.net
Prince George’s County Public Schools was one of six school districts nationwide recognized in a report by the New York nonprofit Wallace Foundation for their efforts in creating programs to train highly effective principals.
The report, entitled, “Building a Stronger Principalship: Districts Taking Charge of the Principal Pipeline” is the third in a six-part series as part of an evaluation of the Wallace Foundation’s $75 million Principal Pipeline Initiative.
The report looked at the way PGCPS and five other school districts have worked to strengthen the ability of new principals to lead instructional improvement in their schools and build pools of strong candidates for open principal positions, according to the report.
In 2011, PGCPS received a $12.5 million, five-year grant from the Wallace Foundation to develop its Aspiring Leaders Program for Student Success to train and mentor assistant principals aspiring to lead their own school.
“This new report details many innovations, but perhaps the most significant overarching theme is that school districts can and should play important roles to support principals,” Jody Spiro, Wallace Foundation’s director of education leadership, wrote in an email to The Gazette. “The report
also notes that building leadership capacity is tied to the districts’ larger agendas to advance their educational priorities.”