APP is a standards-based, 14-month leadership development program designed to prepare participants to lead instructional improvement efforts in New York City’s high-need public schools—those marked by high poverty and low student achievement. Through a rigorous application process, APP selects a diverse and talented group of educators (including former assistant principals, teachers, coaches and guidance counselors) deeply committed to closing the achievement gap.
Using an action-learning curriculum, APP simulates the actual challenges that New York City public school principals face by immersing participants in authentic problem-solving exercises that build leadership capacity. During the summer intensive, teams of APP participants work on a series of comprehensive projects that reflect the realities of the schools they will soon lead. Participants then spend ten months working with an experienced mentor principal in a school experiencing all aspects of leading—from organizing instructional improvement efforts, to managing school operational issues, to navigating interpersonal and organizational politics. The program culminates in a planning summer as participants prepare to transition into schools. APP graduates commit to serve the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) for five years.
- Master’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Five year minimum of full-time work experience, with at least three years teaching in grades K-12
- NYS permanent or professional teaching license
- First priority will be given to holders of the School Building Leader (SBL), School Administrator Supervisor (SAS), or an equivalent certificate--certificate must be issued by New York State or have interstate reciprocity
- Candidates who do not hold certification must have prior leadership experience and a letter of recommendation from their cluster leader
- Opportunity to “practice the principalship” in a simulated, safe environment that is aligned to NYCDOE expectations
- Content, leadership knowledge, and skill development
- Coaching and support in leveraging areas of strength and developing skills in areas of weakness
- Networking with a broad community of school leaders committed to improving outcomes for children and youth across the city
- Winter/Spring Admissions Process: Online application, references, group and individual interviews
- Six-week summer intensive
- Ten-month residency program: four days at the residency school; one day and one evening at NYCLA; approximately one month at a switch residency school; and monthly cohort school visits which include classroom visits, problem of practice
- Planning summer
Marlene Filewich, Senior Facilitator, Principal Preparation Programs email@example.com://www.nycleadershipacademy.org/