Foundations of Principal Supervision is a 10-month blended learning program that builds the leadership skills of new and experienced district leaders who supervise and support principals. When you join this program, you join a community of 73 principal supervisors working across 27 districts in 15 states, who collectively reach 800 principals and 450,000 students.
The program includes four primary learning components:
- Summer Institute
- Virtual learning community
- Year-end convening
- Four 1:1 coaching sessions
Foundations of Principal Supervision unpacks the role and impact of the principal supervisor and focuses on required skills and competencies including instructional leadership; coaching and supervision (and balancing the two to develop principals); leading for equity and access; and data analysis to support planning, decision making, and feedback. Participants practice and refine these skills in authentic simulations and receive feedback from facilitators and peers. They work with real data and data visualizations from their districts, giving them practical hands-on experience that reflect the challenges they will encounter on the job and the opportunity to prepare actionable plans for the upcoming school year.
The learning experience is intimate and varied. Participants learn from large and small group discussion, problems of practice, case studies, learning walks, school visits, virtual sharing and collaboration, and individual coaching.
Cohorts typically range in size from 20 to 30 participants. Each cohort is guided by two facilitators (both former district leaders) who are joined by subject matter experts in specific skill/competency areas as well as sitting superintendents and other district leaders.