The Promising Principals Academy is a year-long, intensive professional development program, sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education, to provide promising school leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to successfully take on the challenging role of the principalship in the near future. The 48 participants (two from every local school system) are nominated by their local superintendents to participate because they have demonstrated strong leadership potential.During this 2016-2017 commitment, Academy participants will gather for several multi-day convenings, during which they will hear from State and national experts on the topics that their superintendents reported to be the most critical needs of new principals, and gain first-hand experience tackling the sort of real-life scenarios and challenges principals face regularly. The content of these sessions will help better prepare participants for the principalship as an instructional leader as well as build a supportive statewide networking cohort.Participants in the 2016-17 Academy will be the third cohort of promising principals to take part in this unique leadership development program. Feedback from the first cohort was overwhelmingly positive and many of those Year 1 participants have been promoted to new school leadership positions as a result of knowledge and skills they developed during the Academy experience.
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