The Assistant Principal Institute (API) is a year-long program designed to prepare strong assistant principals for principal positions in one to two years. API is structured to support participants in the exploration of specific instructional questions and issues of interest. Through an inquiry model grounded in school-based study, API participants hone skills of low-inference observation and feedback, generative professional dialogue, collaborative problem-solving, and decision-making. This work supports assistant principals shift the lens through which they view schools, moving from the perspective they have in their current roles, to thinking, seeing, and planning as a building principal would.
In addition, participants will have the opportunity to refine a full range of leadership skills, with a strong focus on instructional and facilitative leadership. With the understanding that our assistant principals assume many roles, all of which are critical to ensuring strong outcomes for all of our students, API seeks to enhance their growth and development in current positions as well as their preparation for the role of building principal.
Participants will learn to:
- Facilitate professional learning communities that promote inquiry and implement the Citywide Instructional Expectations and thus support each school’s ongoing professional dialogue;
- Conduct observations and offer feedback that moves every teacher’s professional learning goals forward and improves their overall effectiveness;
- Foster and sustain collegial learning through the coordination of effective professional development plans based on common goals as well as needs that arise from the examination of data;
- Create systems to advance students’ academic student growth, utilizing an array of data streams ranging from summative and formative assessments through the close examination and study of student work;
- Enhance school culture for the entire school community, cultivating a school environment in which all members uphold basic values.
Approximately 50 assistant principals (10 per cluster) will be selected to participate in this year’s Assistant Principal Institute. Participants will engage in eight monthly cluster-based sessions from October 2013 – May 2014. Each of these sessions will take place from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
In addition, each cluster-based group will conduct a series of school visits, through which they will engage in an extended inquiry around a problem of practice, resulting in a structured case study that includes recommendations for scaffolding strengths and addressing challenges.
Participants will be paid per session for all portions of API and school-based meetings which take place outside their usual work hours.
Applicants for API should be strong assistant principals who plan to transition into principal positions within one to two years. These may be individuals who are part of a sitting principal’s succession plan, or those who are interested in taking over another school. In addition, candidates must have:
- At least three years of experience as an assistant principal
- Current employment in good standing with the DOE
- Recommendation from current supervisor
- Interest in becoming a principal within three years of completion of the program
Selection Process:March 2014:
Cluster leaders, network leaders, and superintendents identify assistant principals who have strong potential as school principals, and encourage them to apply. The opportunity will also be advertised through the Leadership Pathways website.April 7, 2014:
Applications are availableMay 30, 2014:
Application deadline--all application submission processes close at 1:00 p.m.Late June 2014:
Applicants will be notified*Mid-October, 2014:
First monthly session
*Cluster leaders and superintendents will have the opportunity to vet the applicant and acceptance lists before notifications are released.
Julie Conason - JConaso@schools.nyc.gov