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The Principal Leadership Accelerator

The Principal Leadership Accelerator is designed to empower and challenge current principals to become more effective, strategic, and courageous leaders in their schools.

Using a unique, multidisciplinary paradigm, this program integrates the most effective leadership tools and practices derived from cutting-edge leadership research conducted at the Center for Leadership at FIU. The program model utilizes management tools and research, educational leadership practices, social science research, and public administration expertise to imbue participant principals with best practices and effective leadership skills.

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Program Information

Program Dates
October 2021 through February 2022

This program is comprised of the following components:

  • 8 virtual half-day professional learning sessions
  • 3 individual executive coaching sessions
  • 1 individual development session with program faculty

Location
Live Online (Zoom)

Program Tuition
$4,950
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Who should attend?

This program is designed for current school principals who are looking expand their leadership capacity and become change agents in their schools and communities.

Not sure if this program is the right fit for you or want more information before applying? Contact a member of our team or view our other program options for individual contributors, managers, and established executives.

Why attend?

Our leadership development programs for principals continue to gain recognition around the world. In seven short years, we have garnered thirteen different accolades from HR.com, Chief Learning Officer Group, and most recently UPCEA… including six #1 rankings! Read more about our rankings

  • Benefits for principals

    Participating in this program will help principals:

    • Significantly increase their impact by making a few targeted (often small) adjustments to the way they lead.
    • Enhance self-insight, connecting the dots between themselves and their leadership action.
    • Set the tone for inclusion and diversity through six specific actions.
    • Create different vision 'narratives' for sustained impact.
    • Learn how to utilize a 'coaching' approach to develop leadership under and around them.
  • Benefits for the organization

    Participating in this program will help the school districts:

    • Build more leadership capacity within your district, which creates a virtuous cycle of growth.
    • Provide opportunities to enhance diversity and inclusion at the leadership level.
    • Strategically grow specific leaders in their current role and, in some cases, help prepare them for more responsibility.
    • Create and enhance a culture of growth and development within the district.

“The power of our partnership and collaboration [with the Center for Leadership] has played a pivotal role in preparing classroom teachers and school and district leaders for instructional innovation and transformation and navigating the changing landscape of pedagogical accountability.”

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Topics and Schedule

The following topics and schedule are subject to change. Each professional learning session will be four hours, meeting live online via Zoom. Exact times to be announced. Executive coaching sessions and the individual development session are scheduled at the participant’s convenience.

  • October 12-13, 2021 – Professional Learning Session 1&2
    • Program Introduction
    • Personality and leadership: understand how who we are affects our leadership behaviors
    • Leveraging your strengths: explore and understand the role personal strengths play in our leadership
    • Traps of decision making: learn how to avoid decision-making traps caused by cognitive biases or emotional responses
  • Week of November 8, 2021
    • Executive coaching session #1
  • November 30-December 1, 2021 – Professional Learning Session 3&4
    • The role of values in leadership: clearly define the role of personal values in leadership to better understand your decision-making process
    • Leading for inclusion: learn methods and tools to help you effectively manage social and psychological implicit biases
    • Transitions: Expanding your reach: identify and explore opportunities to tap into the talents of your team to help you lead more strategically
    • Strategies for coaching others: provide tactful, well-timed and appropriate developmental feedback
  • Week of December 13, 2021
    • Executive coaching session #2
  • January 11-12, 2022
    • Leading teams: engage in a high stakes decision scenario to develop skills to foster team performance and lead teams to make great decisions
    • Direct your energy: learn to effectively delegate the appropriate decisions and tasks to the right people at the right time with proper follow-through
    • Leading change: gain a fresh perspective on how to lead change for even greater achievements
    • Developing your leadership agenda: craft a personal action plan for implementation upon returning to work
  • Week of January 31, 2022
    • Executive coaching session #3
    • Individual development session
  • February 12-13, 2022
    • Narratives for leadership: understand the importance of vision and narratives in creating alignment and engagement at all organizational levels
    • Leading with stories: learn to use stories and storytelling techniques to make communications and presentations more compelling and influential
    • If they can hear you coming: reflect on your own leadership behaviors as you define your focus within your school
    • Lessons in leadership: develop strategic leadership skills by taking advantage of both big and small moments by using myriad subtle behaviors which fly under the radar of most observers
    • Program Closing

Faculty

Mayra Beers, Ph.D.

Mayra Beers, Ph.D.
Program Chair

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Brian Dunn

Nathan J. Hiller, Ph.D.

Nathan J. Hiller, Ph.D.

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Ebony Smith

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 Guillermo Wated, Ph.D.

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