We know that the work of improving schools calls not just for a skilled leader, but one who can build a strong school team united in their commitment to improving schools on behalf of students. The NYC Leadership Academy’s innovative Teaming Model combines the best of our programs for aspiring leaders with our proven, competency-based coaching services.
The Teaming Model, launched as part of a federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, pairs members of our Aspiring Principals Program (APP) with aspiring assistant principals from our Leadership Advancement Program (LAP) and provides opportunities for them to work as a team both during their preparation and once they are placed as school leaders. Upon graduation, teaming model participants are placed in New York City public schools, with priority given to high-need schools, with a cadre of coaches on had to support them through the first three years of their tenure. Together, this principal/assistant principal leadership team is dedicated to creating learning environments that enable teachers and students to excel.
The model is unique in that it:
- Provides incoming school leadership teams a year to get to know each other, plan, and do intensive preparatory work around what it means to lead a school as a team.
- Includes a research-based diagnostic process, conducted by the teams and coaches upon entry into a school, that surfaces areas of need in the school and aids in setting goals.
- Offers graduates a significant amount of leadership coaching and access to a variety of specialist coaches.
- Holds participants and coaches accountable to high standards: they are expected to produce measurable gains in student learning within the first three years in the school.
In addition, the RAND Corporation, a highly regarded organization providing research and analysis, will perform an extensive study to assess the impact of this new coaching model on the reading and mathematics achievement in these schools over three years.
The first two cohorts of Teaming Model teams have been selected and programs are underway. The third cohort will be paired in 2015.
NYCLA consultants are available to work with districts that wish to replicate the Teaming Model. Contact us to learn more.