The New Principal Intensive is a professional development series offered to new principals during the summer before their first year as a school leader. Professional development sessions are designed to equip the new principal with the interpersonal, communication, and management skills needed to lead a school. During this professional development series, participants are exposed to concepts, tools, strategies, and data that will enable them to manage change within their schools while setting goals and creating action plans that are focused on increasing student outcomes. At the end of the series, new principals are matched with a coach who will continue to support their leadership development throughout their first year.
Skills needed to enter the program or role:
- Newly appointed principals
- Understanding of the role of Common Core Learning Standards and instructional shifts
- Understanding of leadership implications as they set goals and develop action plans to implement and comport to citywide instructional expectations.
- Ability to analyze data from the New York City Progress Report, New York State School Report Card, learning environment survey--and other sources to inform goal setting and action plans for the upcoming school year
- An overview of the Danielson Framework for Teaching and DOE expectations for use and strategies to encourage teacher buy-in
- Training in low-inference observation notes and actionable feedback
- An overview of the Quality Review (QR) process and rubric and ability to set smart goals and develop action plans that are aligned to the QR indicators
- Ability to examine the key elements of professional learning communities (PLC) and participate in a simulation of a PLC focused on analyzing student work
- An overview of the "My Galaxy" budget system
- Preparation for the first days of school and opening message to the faculty
- Concepts in leadership such as managing change, resiliency, healthy leading, aligning values to school vision, etc.
- Attend talks and presentations given by the directors of the most critical offices in the DOE, including the Chancellor and/or Deputy Chancellor
- Invitations are sent to new principals in the spring and early summer; professional development sessions begin in July. Make-up sessions are offered in August.