Lead Loudoun Principal Mentoring Program and New Principal Cohort
The Principal Mentoring Program provides an experienced principal mentor for each new principal in order to increase the opportunity for a successful beginning. Research shows that our newest principals will greatly benefit from a strong mentor relationship that guides, nurtures and supports them in the first years of leadership.
We believe that all can benefit from having a supportive colleague to guide them and provide feedback in the areas of decision making, instructional leadership and leadership competencies specific to LCPS. Our program is organized around monthly topics of discussion for sessions which utilize active listening skills with guided questioning.
Principal mentors work with our new principals for an extended session at the beginning of the school year followed by monthly sessions throughout the year.
Our New Principal Cohort provides a focused professional learning experience with topics of interest to new principals with overviews from different departments within LCPS. New principals are given onboarding support so that they are familiar with all aspects of the school district and how departmental structures support the local school.
Aspiring Education Leaders Information
In the fall and spring of each year, LCPS hosts an Aspiring Leader Information Event to provide an opportunity to learn about Education Leadership programs that are within our immediate area. You can reference the program information from the following universities here:
Lead Loudoun Aspiring Principals’ Academy
Assistant Principals who are interested in increasing their professional leadership capacity may apply to join the Lead Loudoun Aspiring Principals’ Academy after two successful years of service as an assistant principal. This professional learning opportunity is centered around the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards. The program includes opportunities to participate in cross-departmental presentations, scenarios, simulations, school visits, lectures, leadership readings, reflections, discussions and principal shadow days. A comprehensive leadership project is also an expectation for completion of this academy.
Support Services Leadership Academy
Current Support Service team members may apply to join the Support Services Leadership Academy to gain professional knowledge in the areas of leadership concepts, communication, conflict-resolution, decision-making, customer service and cultural competency.