The Middle School Leader Internship (MSLI
) is a five-week, full-time professional internship designed to provide teachers with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to enter into or advance their careers in school-level leadership, with a specific focus on middle schools. MSLI helps teachers build their leadership capacity by combining school-based, hands-on experiences with a theoretical leadership framework focused on pillars of transformational, instructional, and organizational leadership to drive dramatic gains for students. All of this is accomplished through a cohort model built to support interns along their developmental path.
MSLI is designed with three primary goals:
- To inspire participants to pursue leadership opportunities within DOE middle schools
- To create a leadership learning opportunity that will enable participants to accurately assess their own professional learning trajectory and their development along the school leader competency continuum
- To serve as a springboard towards leadership pipelines to fill critical talent gaps across New York City's middle schools
To meet these goals, the internship is structured around three key experiences: 1) school-based mentoring with a high-performing principal, 2) weekly school leadership seminars, and 3) creation of a culminating project and presentation.
- Tenured, with at least three years of successful teaching experience in the NYCDOE, preferably in sixth-eighth grades
- At least one year of successful adult leadership experience, including formal and informal roles
- Acquisition of school leadership certification/placement in one to five years
- Interest in serving in New York City public middle schools
What can Leader Interns Expect?
- Work directly with a mentor principal four days of the week for five weeks during summer school
- Engage with a leadership curriculum aligned to the Quality Review Indicators
- Leadership, with a focus on leading and developing adults
- Critical thinking
- Data analysis and data-driven decision-making
- Familiarity with the Quality Review
- Information Session - Late Fall 2013/Early Spring 2014
- Application deadline: March 1, 2014
- Program: five weeks during summer school (July-August 2014)