Overview of Leadership Programs

  • An element of healthy leadership development is having a sustainable succession management plan. Establishing programs for each phase of the leadership continuum supports the growth of current and future leaders.  The shared understanding of effective practices including an aligned vision of quality instruction will prepare a cadre of future school and district leaders to create sustainable change. The Leadership Development Programs offered in January will focus on aspiring administrators who are seeking a degree or certification in Educational Leadership or those who want to deepen their understanding of working with instructional teams as they fast track their way to school-based leadership.

    Aspiring Leaders: For current staff in the district who are interested in being assistant principals but do not have their administrative credentials (i.e., master’s degree in educational leadership and administrator certification from the Michigan Department of Education), the District is partnering with Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and Eastern Michigan University.  The Wayne State University program offers participants a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the daily responsibilities of an assistant principal in the District, including instructional leadership, staff development, and cultural support.   Eastern Michigan’s program offers candidates a micro-credential in transformative leadership. To access the application for Eastern Michigan University please click here. To learn more about the Wayne State University program, click here and to learn more about the Michigan State University program, click here.

    Aspiring Assistant Principals: For current staff in the district with their administrative credentials (i.e. master's degree in educational leadership and administrator certification from the Michigan Department of Education), the Aspiring Assistant Principals Program (AAPP) will allow participants an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in school leadership at the assistant principal level through a series of professional development sessions led by building level principals and members of each department within the District’s organizational structure.   Through this experience, AAPP participants will gain a deeper understanding of the daily responsibilities of an assistant principal, including instructional leadership, staff development, and cultural support.  The AAPP will immediately develop a bench of prospective assistant principals focused on improving schools.  As teachers enter the AAPP, they will receive practical experiences in coaching teachers to improve student achievement, while gaining a working knowledge of building operations and talent management. The application window will close on January 13, 2020. The application for this program can be found here

    Emerging Leaders: Designed for current Assistant Principals who are interested in pursuing a principal position in the future. Emerging Leaders will participate in a cohort model for a year-long professional development series facilitated by New Leaders for New Schools. This professional development series will prepare participants for the rigors and challenges of building leadership with an emphasis on improving student achievement.

    New Principals: Designed to support new principals with the challenges of leading a school building for the first time. The goal of this program is to share best practices among the cohort’s participants, share strategies around data-driven instruction, and develop strong systems to support student learning.

    Turnaround Leaders: A year-long professional development series facilitated by New Leaders for New Schools to support principals in partnership schools with the challenges of improving student achievement in a partnership school. This program focuses on improving the quality of structures, changing teacher practices, re-imagining student learning and to improve student achievement.

    Master Leaders: A partnership with Eastern Michigan University (EMU) for up to 10 veteran principals to learn about mentoring to support the development of other District principals to increase the leadership capacity in the district. Participants will receive a paid stipend, micro-credit from MDE, and the equivalent of one Ph.D. course from EMU. The application window will be open until January 13, 2020. To apply, please click here.

    Intensive Principal Preparation: This unique program is designed for those who may or may not have administrative experience or certification, but have varied experiences that make them uniquely prepared to lead a school. This highly selective program will identify 30 candidates to extensively train in DPSCD’s leadership components, coupled with 24 hours of onsite principal shadowing and job-embedded professional development.  While candidates will need to possess administrative certification to ultimately lead a school, the collaboration and professional learning provided through this opportunity will prove invaluable. The application window opens on December 13, 2019 and will close on January 3, 2020.  Sessions will begin on January 18, 2020. To apply, please click here.

    For more information on any of these options, please contact LaShawn Streater, Senior Director of Leadership Development and School Improvement at lashawn.streater@detroitk12.org.