School Leadership for Innovation and Design: Creating Change Agents
|Announcement:||Please join us for an information session on our exciting and new leadership M.Ed.|
All questions will be answered!
|When:||June 17th – Come at either 4pm or 7pm|
|Where:||The Boeing Auditorium in the Technology and Learning Center , Marillac Hall, UMSL|
The College of Education is announcing a completely new Master’s degree and certification program in education administration. School Leadership for Innovation and Design will feature a 600 hour residency program and community externships that nurture a much broader range of leadership competencies than ever before.
“The research over the last 10 years has clearly shown us the incredible impact that school leaders have on student learning,” said Carole Basile, dean of the college. “For instance, the difference between an average and an above-average principal can impact student achievement by as much as 20 percentage points.”
Quality leadership is the key to successfully transforming our schools and educational systems to meet the dramatic demographic, economic, technological and global changes we are facing today.
“We have developed deep connections with the region’s superintendents and business leaders who are partnering with and advising us in the new program,” said Basile, “and that will benefit our candidates who will be heavily involved in residencies that require mentoring and coaching from school leaders throughout the two years of their program.”
In an effort to create a powerful, cutting-edge program, the college partnered with New Leaders, a national nonprofit that has been developing transformational school leaders for over a decade and has been recognized as an “exemplary program” by the Alliance to Reform Educational Leadership. College faculty have been meeting over the past year with 15-20 district and school leaders from public and independent schools as well as business leaders to plan the new program and insure that it is responsive to the region’s specific educational and workforce needs. Through a pioneering agreement to license the New Leaders recruitment and selection tools, the college and our partners have developed the two year program with new recruitment tools, content and experiences that utilize the principles of personal, instructional, cultural, and adult and team leadership to strengthen school leaders.
The School Leadership For Innovation and Design program has incorporated elements that prepares leaders ready to step into new, broader roles as change agents for schools and communities. Program graduates will be qualified and prepared with the experience, knowledge and skills for transforming schools that not only improve teaching and student learning, but also support growth in our educational systems, communities and the region as a whole.
Change agents fundamentally do not accept the status quo. They embrace innovation and know how to look at systems and structures to see what is working, and what needs to be changed. Effective change agents have skills in developing teachers, managing talent and creating a great place to work. Those skills go beyond basic administrative capabilities and include knowing how to: build a school culture of respect; think innovatively and strategically; increase teacher effectiveness; serve as valuable instructional coaches and build leadership; work with the community and manage partners who want to work with the school.
Effective change agents in school leadership recognize that their role in the community is important. They must know how to evaluate data and how to use it to set goals for student growth and for addressing the needs of struggling students. Understanding the best ways to explain and report data and information to the community is key to creating a climate of support for schools and encouraging community involvement in addressing challenges.
Superintendents here and across the country are looking for a change in what school leadership looks like. Maintaining a strong research base, this new program focuses on disposition, talent, and assessment of core leadership competencies and proven performance.
Successful candidates for the program will:
- Have a serious intention and desire to serve as a leadership role and are prepared to enter the school leadership preparation pipeline;
- Are currently serving in a school or organization where there are significant opportunities for them to lead a consistent team of adults focused on improving instruction and culture;
- Are viewed as high-potential leadership candidates by their current organization, school, district or charter management organization; and
- Have a record of student achievement results as a teacher, team leader, leadership team member or assistant principal.
If you would like more information about the new Masters/certification program in school leadership, please contact Dr. Matthew Davis by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 314.516.5953.
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