MCLA Offering Leadership Academy of the Berkshires Program


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced that the Leadership Academy of the Berkshires program will offer courses in a weekend format on Sept. 10 and 11 and again on Oct. 1 and 2.

The Leadership Academy of the Berkshires is a non-residential program that runs throughout the year and is tailored for teachers who plan to become education leaders.

This highly successful program is important in creating a pipeline of administrators for the district, according to Cynthia Brown, vice president of academic affairs.   

"The residents of our County can enroll in a program that will prepare them for leadership roles in their professions and community throughout the Berkshires," said Brown. 

Adams-Cheshire Superintendent of Schools Al Skrocki is slated to instruct September's session with a focus on human relations and staff development.   

"We look forward to working with individuals who have proven to be effective educators in our schools and have goals and aspirations to grow in the profession through the leadership academy," said Skrocki. "Students will not only be prepared in the understanding of these areas, but will also be given opportunities to develop and implement these functions in demonstrating their skills and qualities as school leaders. 

"In general, the staff involved in the academy is looking to provide meaningful and practical instruction through courses that are connected and tied to knowledge, skills and experiences that are proven to produce effective leaders of schools," he continued. "In the course on human relations and staff development, students will begin with an understanding of the discipline and process of developing a strategic direction for a school district that will then be used to meet various aspects of the responsibilities related to human relations and staff development, including the recruitment and retention of staff, addressing issues related to school culture and climate and providing appropriate training for personnel."  

Participants will meet in a weekend format that includes some intensive weeks of learning during the summer. There also is a 300-hour, six-credit internship that needs to be completed as a practicum to demonstrate skills needed to become an administrator. 

To learn more about MCLA's Leadership Academy of the Berkshires, contact the Education department at (413) 662-5383 or email