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 provided with professional learning and onboarding support so that they are familiar with all aspects of the school district and how departmental structures support the local school.
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 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (2015). 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. The pictures below are of the 48 academy graduates from our Spring 2017 Support Services Leadership Academy, specifically representing Transportation and Custodial Services. Since then we have held four additional academies. HRTD team members Paula Huffman, Sharon Bean, Lisa Boland, Patricia Tuggle and Katie Kutch facilitate the leadership academy. Featured guest speaker include leaders from both Support Services and Human Resources and Talent Development: Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays, Dr. Asia Jones, Dr. Kim Hough, Kevin Lewis, and Edward “Don” Treanor.
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. We currently have a LCPS GMU Master’s Cohort in Educational Leadership. Additionally, for those who already have a Master’s degree, there is a LCPS Post Master’s Educational Leadership Administrative Certificate program available with The George Washington University. You can reference the program information from the following universities here:
Future Leaders Seminars and Professional Learning
LCPS employees who are currently enrolled in an educational leadership program or are recent graduates of an educational leadership program are invited to participate in our fall and spring leadership seminars. This year we learned from Dr. Bill Ziegler, author of Future Focused Leaders in the fall seminar and our own Brambleton Middle School principal, Renee Dawson in the spring. Our future leaders also had an opportunity to network and ask questions of current first year deans and assistant principals to learn more about those leadership roles.