The Assistant Principals' Institute (API) is designed to support and prepare assistant principals to become school principals. Framed through school visits, API is structured around exploring specific questions and issues of interest using an inquiry-driven approach. API participants work to support teacher teams and professional learning communities (PLC) as well as hone specific skill sets including facilitative leadership, data analysis, observation and feedback, and generative professional dialogue. With the understanding that our assistant principals assume many roles, all of which are critical to ensuring strong outcomes for DOE students, the API seeks to enhance their growth and the development in their current roles, and as they prepare for advancement.
Aspiring API participants must have:
- Endorsement from current principal, network and cluster leader
- Minimum of three years or more in assistant principal role
- Experience with leading teacher teams, including inquiry work
The AP Institute utilizes and aligns the standards for all NYC leadership programs: Citywide Instructional Expectations (CIE)
- Danielson and the Framework for Teaching
API creates an environment for effective and generative observations and feedback that are instrumental in moving each teacher's professional learning goals forward
- Teacher Teams and Collaboration
API prepares participants to facilitate teacher teams in service of supporting and enhancing the school's ongoing "professional dialogue"
- Fostering and Sustaining Collegial Learning
API supports the coordination of effective professional development plans based on common goals as well as needs that arise from examining data
- Academic Improvement of Students
API supports a process to look at and think about how to gauge academic improvement, esploring questions such as, "What are aspects of our schools that are not necessarily captured or portrayed in standard evaluative measures?"
First cohort begins January 2013
Julie Conason - JConaso@schools.nyc.gov