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Leadership Development for Success

Learning How to Navigate and Thrive in Today’s Educational Landscape


A NYSED-funded Diversity Leadership Initiative Program

Through the series, assistant principals and teacher leaders will learn how to negotiate the political environment in which they lead.  Participants will learn how to identify and interpret community values, and navigate a variety of district contexts to enable them to thrive professional and personally.  Career advancement factors including district climate, hiring practices and administrative accountability will be key areas of focus.  Participants will engage in equity-focused inquiry, including environment scans and racial equity audits, within and among schools and school districts to identify problems of practice to strengthen their school communities and to grow professionally.  

We are recruiting 20-25 assistant principals or teacher leaders for each seminar series and will be working with them as whole groups and in small, facilitated groups throughout the series. Priority will be given to the recruitment of diverse assistant principals/teachers and/or schools with diverse teams.

This seminar, offered every 2-3 weeks during the fall and winter, is designed to provide CTLE credit.




September 29 – Orientation session  
  • Overview of seminar series
  • Norm setting and team building
  • Introduction to theoretical and conceptual orientations
  • Identifying and unpacking problems of practice
October 13 – Exploring career advancement factors
  • Case studies on district climate, hiring practices and administrative accountability 
  • Identification and development of problem statements 
  • Voices from the field on the factors that influenced their professional lives
October 27 –Inquiry models to assess school/district climates
  • Analyzing  and synthesizing key research from the field
  • Introduction to environmental scans
  • Introduction to racial equity audits
  • Creation of data collection plans and learning how to communicate these plans to a larger community
November 17 – Data analysis and thematic development
  • Inquiry work: analyzing  and synthesizing findings from data collection 
  • Connect findings to current research in the field
  • Develop thematic understanding of findings
December 8 – Experts from the field
  • Review findings with experts from the field
  • Development of action plan for district/school
  • Development of career pathway for participants
  • Voices from the field: Learn from a superintendent who turned research in to action to build a more diverse pipeline
January 5 – Sharing results and reflecting on next steps
  • The role of accountability: Navigating pitfalls that leaders of color face when being evaluated
  • Panel Discussion from leaders in the field

About The Diversity Leadership Initiative

The Diversity Leadership Initiative was made possible through the work of the Metropolitan Council of Education Administration Programs (MCEAP) executive committee and has received funding from a New York State Education Department (NYSED) grant. The grant's objectives are to help create a pipeline for emerging school leaders, to conduct and disseminate research on the effective strategies being used in the field, and to foster new and better leadership skills to integrate diversity and inclusion efforts deeply into school priorities, culture and operations.

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