Aspiring Leaders’ Institute

April 28, 2017

Aspiring Leaders’ Institute is a customized professional learning experience designed to build leadership capacity in low-performing schools. The Institute provides a year-long, job-embedded training focused on addressing school improvement needs.

Selection of Candidates: Priority School principals nominate teacher leaders or assistant principals who have strong leadership potential.

Development of Competencies: The Aspiring Leaders’ Institute equips participants with the leadership knowledge and skills designed to aid in improving school performance.  The content is grounded in the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders

Institute Components
: The Aspiring Leaders’ Institute has three key components: professional learning sessions; a leadership project that targets school improvement needs; and leadership coaches.

  • Professional Learning Experiences: Institute fellows operate as a community of practice and participate in several in-person meetings to share and reflect on effective practices and lesson learned.
  • Leadership Project: The candidate, principal, and mentor coach jointly choose a project that addresses a need in the school’s improvement plan and a leadership area that is important to the candidate’s growth as a turnaround leader

  • Leadership Coaches: Leadership coaches provide guidance and support to Institute Fellows on their school improvement project and on leadership responsibilities within the school building.  Leadership coaches in collaboration with school principals use specific tools to provide support and feedback to individual Institute Fellows.

Contact Information

Tiara Booker-Dwyer
Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
Office Phone: 410.767.3676