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Center for University, School and Community Partnerships launches innovative program for principals

"Leading for Learning" to develop SouthCoast's next generation of school principals

The Center for University, School and Community Partnerships (CUSP) unveiled its "Leading for Learning Licensure Program," a unique and comprehensive program designed to enhance the leadership potential of classroom teachers.  

Designed in collaboration with the Charlton School of Business, the Leading for Learning Licensure Program will help build the next generation of outstanding school principals/assistant principals who will ensure that every child achieves academic excellence, develops critical thinking skills, and develops his or her potential.  

"We are on the verge of a crisis in education leadership particularly in the SouthCoast area," said Trina Crowley, an architect of the program and CUSP Associate Director.  "Principals are retiring and there is a shortage of qualified candidates to fill these vital positions.  Superintendents across the region have been asking for help in increasing the number of eligible principal and assistant principal candidates.  This program will provide a qualified pool of individuals allowing the superintendents a greater selection from which to choose."

The Licensure Program will partner with local school districts to ensure all schools have visionary, dynamic, and innovative principals.  The ideal candidate will have three core strengths: the belief in every child to achieve at very high academic levels, demonstrated instructional expertise, and proven leadership.  

All potential candidates must be nominated by a Superintendent or CEO.  Each nomination must identify the candidate's leadership potential.  They must also submit proof of a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL exam.   Although it is preferred that all potential candidates have a master's degree, applicants with 3-5 years of teaching experience and at least 6 post-baccalaureate credits may be considered.  CORI clearance approval will be required.

Completed applications must be submitted before Friday, June 16 in order to be considered for the first class which starts in September 2006.  For more information, visit the CUSP website at or call 508-990-1094.

The Center for University, School and Community Partnerships, part of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Division of Professional and Continuing Education, provides high quality professional learning experiences for beginning and experienced K-12 teachers to strengthen their content knowledge, broaden their teaching practices and curricula, and acquire leadership skills necessary to improve schools and student achievement


Author:  "Trina Crowley"
Date:  05-Jun-2006
Department:   Center for University School Community Partnerships

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