AL Dept of Ed Leadership & Evaluation

 

Alabama Leadership Academy

Fellows Program

 

 

 

Purpose:
The purpose of the Alabama Leadership Academy (ALA) is to promote and support the professional growth and development of school leadership teams in their effort to increase student achievement for all students.  A statewide cohort of participants will engage in blended learning activities to include face-to-face sessions, online experiences, site visits, action research, electronic communication, and book studies during their two year involvement with the program.

Program Development with Stakeholder Input:

The Alabama Leadership Academy Advisory Council (ALAAC) convened in January of 2012 to determine program guidelines, components, and experiences to ensure that the program addresses the professional learning needs of its participants. Council members are comprised of representatives from Regional In-service Centers, Council of Leaders in Alabama Schools, Alabama Education Association, School Superintendents Association, universities in addition to principals from various school districts who determined programmatic needs and developed major program guidelines.  Moving forward, the ALAAC serves as the Alabama Leadership Academy Advisory Council for the Fellows Program.

Program Goals:

 

To establish collaborative networks with other administrators.

To establish procedures for meaningful data analysis.

To build trusting relationships.

To foster an environment of innovation and collegiality.

To provide strong instructional leadership coaches.

To focus on participation in collaborative activities while including leadership team in specialized training when appropriate.

To engage principals in peer coaching with effective mentors.

To develop principals who exhibit professional growth along the Alabama Continuum for Instructional Leader Development (Standards 1 and 2).

To develop principals who will engage all school stakeholders in varied collaborative, problem-solving settings focused on student achievement.

To provide provide professional development to equip leaders to:

 

A) Lead continuous improvement.

 

B) Recognize and ensure effective teaching and learning are occurring.

 

C) Share leadership through collaboration and empowerment of all stakeholders.

 

D) Network among participants and others.

To provide individualized assistance through coaching and mentoring.

   
     

Fellows Program Selection Process:

    • A memorandum and application will be sent to all superintendents and will be posted on the EDUCATEAlabama/LEADAlabama website at http://alex.state.al.us/leadership/  February 2014. An application, memorandum of agreement signed by the applicant and his/her superintendent, and a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s superintendent is required. 
    • The Alabama Leadership Academy Advisory Selection Council will review applications and select participants based upon the following criteria:
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        1. Submitted on time
        2. Completeness of application
        3. Resume´
        4. Letter of recommendation from superintendent
        5. Response to question: Why do you want to be a part of the Alabama Leadership Academy Fellows Program?

      Preference will be given to Title I Schools; however, all principals are encouraged to apply.  In addition, the committee will attempt to select an applicant from each of the 11 Regional Inservice Centers and achieve adequate balance among elementary, middle, and high school principals. Note: These preferences will be limited by the applications that are submitted. 

Program Components:

    • Blended learning experiences will be utilized to engage academy participants in learning experiences that will increase their knowledge and ability to be effective instructional leaders as described by the Alabama Continuum of Instructional Leader Development (ACILD), Standards 1, 2 and 7.
    • Academy members will receive one-on-one technical support and mentoring from an Instructional Leadership Coach (ILC) who has been successful at planning and facilitating school improvement. Regular school visits conducted by ILCs will occur throughout the program. 
    • Each participant will develop a data-driven Leadership Growth Plan (LGP).
    • Members will have the option of earning three ACLD approved PLUs over a two-year period for fully participating in all required academy activities.

Year 1

  • School Site Visit (Welcome and Pre-Orientation)
  • One-Day Spring Leadership Seminar
  • School Site Visit
  • Three-Day Summer Leadership Institute
  • School Site Visit
  • Two-Day Fall Leadership Seminar
  • School Site Visit
  • Two-Day Winter Leadership Seminar
  • Additional site visits as needed throughout the year
  • Ongoing Webinars

Year 2

  • One-Day Spring Leadership Seminar
  • School Site Visit
  • Three-Day Summer Leadership Institute
  • School Site Visit
  • Two-Day Fall Leadership Seminar
  • School Site Visit
  • Two-Day Winter Leadership Seminar
  • School Site Visit
  • One-Day Spring Leadership Seminar
  • Additional site visits as needed throughout the year
  • Ongoing Webinars

 

For more information:

Angela Mangum, Ph.D.

Project Administrator

amangum@alsde.edu

(334) 353-9251

EDUCATEAlabama

Teacher/Educator Evaluation

 

LEADAlabama

Instructional Leader Evaluation

 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

PRINCIPAL CANDIDATE SEMESTER RESIDENCY

PROFESSIONAL STUDY (ILPSA)

TORCHBEARER SCHOOLS

NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS PROGRAM

Upcoming Professional Study Reviews

Applications received by:

 

· Sept. 9, 2014 will be reviewed Sept. 23, 2014.

· Oct. 14, 2014 will be reviewed Oct. 28, 2014.

· Dec. 2, 2014 will be reviewed Dec. 16, 2014.