A PILOT INITIATIVE
The Leadership for Student Achievement
Initiative is designed to create a partnership
between PDE and a group of six higher education institutions to develop innovative models of principal preparation that are based on best practices and content known to increase student learning. The six institutions are Drexel University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, Temple University, University of Pittsburgh, and Wilkes University.
|While this pilot initiative intentionally encourages
innovation and creativity within the institutions of higher education, it requires that each program adhere to the nine standards of the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Program. One highlight of Edinboro’s innovative model requires principal, supervisor, and superintendent interns to engage in a focus project onstudent achievement. This conference showcases our student’s work as well as serves as a resource for in practice educational leaders in Northwestern Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth.
PENNSYLVANIA PRINCIPAL MENTORING NETWORK (PPMN)
- Most new school principals start out with little administrative experience and are often left relatively on their own to figure out their new job. Through the PPMN program new administrators are offered experienced mentors to support their transition from teaching to administration.
PENNSYLVANIA INSPIRED LEADERSHIP (PIL) COURSES
- Any educator becoming an assistant principal or principal for the first time as of 1/1/2008 must enroll in a Principal Induction Program. This program must be completed within five years of being hired as an administrator. There is NOT a moratorium on Principal Induction. The Induction program consists of NISL Courses 1 and 4. Administrators should enroll in Course 1 first and then Course 4 the following year OR take the Courses 1, 2, 3 and 4 consecutively.
- Experienced administrators have a variety of options: NISL curriculum, LEAD 2.0, or STEM.
- The NISL Course 1 is a prerequisite for all NISL courses. It is 8-day training on World Class Schooling. Topics in this course include the educational challenges administrators face, thinking strategically, elements of a standards-based instructional system and the foundations of effective teaching. NISL Courses 2, 3 and 4 may be taken after Course 1 is completed.
- LEAD 2.0 is a new course. Those administrators that have completed Leadership Executive Essentials for Administrator Development (LEAD) in the past are welcome to enroll in this new training. LEAD 2.0 will explore the essential skills needed by today’s educational leaders for the new realities of public education. The participants will identify the new leadership skills required in an era of increased demands and decreased resources. The course will also help school leaders to develop a strategic plan that incorporates the use of new technology to develop new models of educating all students. Pennsylvania’s new Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems will be explored in the context of school leadership.
- The STEM course provides an opportunity for participants to look beyond test data and learn about larger system issues that impact students’ opportunities to learn mathematics at the secondary level. Participants will be expected to engage a school/district based team in their work setting to collaborate with them on assignments and in the development of a mathematics program improvement plan.
- In addition to the existing PIL Program courses offered through the PDE at no cost to the participant, a current listing of approved programs and courses that meet the requirements for ACT 45 of 2007 for school and system leaders can be found on the PDE PA Inspired Leadership website. Costs of the programs are determined by the provider.
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Program Information