Foundations of Principal Supervision is a 10-month blended learning program that builds the leadership skills of new and experienced district leaders who supervise and support principals. When you join this program, you join a community of 108 principal supervisors working across 36 districts in 21 states, who collectively reach close to 1,900 principals and more than 500,000 students.
Foundations of Principal Supervision unpacks the role and impact of the principal supervisor and focuses on required skills and competencies including instructional leadership; coaching and supervision (and balancing the two to develop principals); culturally-responsive leadership; and data analysis to support planning, decision making, and feedback. Participants practice and refine these skills in authentic simulations and receive feedback from facilitators and peers. They work with real data and data visualizations from their districts, giving them practical hands-on experience that reflect the challenges they will encounter on the job and the opportunity to prepare actionable plans for the upcoming school year.
The program includes four primary learning components:
- Summer Institute – 5 scheduled days of virtual learning
- End of Year Convening – 2 days of in-person learning
- 3 Coaching sessions between the Summer Institute and End of Year Convening
- Online learning community and collaboration
The learning experience is intimate and varied. Participants learn from large and small group discussion, problems of practice, case studies, virtual sharing and collaboration, and coaching.
Cohorts typically range in size from 20 to 30 participants. Each cohort is guided by two facilitators who are joined by subject matter experts in specific skill/competency areas as well as sitting superintendents and other district leaders.