MCLA Leadership Academy
In December 2011, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) approved new administrative leadership standards. MCLA developed a program framework that reflects these new standards, with input from an advisory team and past program participants. In July 2013, we received notification of approval from the ESE for superintendent/assistant superintendent, principal/assistant principal, and director licenses. This endorsement is evidence of our successful record and rich tradition of summer residency-based leadership development at MCLA since 1997.
Our goal is to prepare candidates to serve as highly effective leaders of educational institutions, and active citizens in their communities. Leadership Academy graduates will be able to: shape a vision based on equity, justice, and academic success for all students; create a climate hospitable for education in schools and the community; cultivate collaborative leadership with faculty and staff; improve curriculum and instruction; and manage people, data, and processes to foster continuous school improvement.
Below is an overview of our tentative program sequence. We will run pre-practicums, as we have in the past, beginning in April 2015. These 1 credit hour experiences require no face-to-face time with MCLA faculty, but serve as opportunities for students to investigate, respond to, and improve school-based processes and outcomes. The artifacts collected in these pre-practicums will be used during the first summer residency.
Leadership Academy Overview
The MCLA Leadership Academy is a cohort model that blends academic content with practical skill and knowledge development. Created to support the advancement of working professionals, the Academy is a low residency model (summer and weekend), with independent and online work assigned between sessions. Students will earn 31 credits through pre-practicum experiences, seven courses, an administrative project, an administrative practicum, and a culminating Leadership Academy Conference.
MCLA Leadership Academy courses will be taught by nationally recognized educational theorists and successful school and district practitioners serving in the roles of superintendent, principal, curriculum coordinator, and department leader. Courses will include a blend of social, political, and academic theories and practices in examining current trends in public education. We want to prepare school and district leaders who will ensure the highest quality and most equitable, just and effective learning environments for students. Activities will include reading, writing, discussion, group projects, case studies, simulations, experiences in museums, lectures by prominent thinkers, project-based tasks, self-assessment, quizzes/tests, fieldwork, and application of course concepts.
Links to more information:
For new students not currently enrolled who are interested in learning more about and applying for the 2015 cohort, link here for program information:
Leadership Academy 2015 Cohort
For students who attended the summer 2014 Leadership Academy and are currently completing courses and field work, link here for program updates:
Leadership Academy 2014 Cohort