FROM STAFF REPORTS
The West Virginia Center for Professional Development is pleased to congratulate 113 school administrators for their completion of the 2011-2012 Principals’ Leadership Academy (PLA) for New Principals. The Academy is a year-long professional development experience designed to help new principals and assistant principals transition into their roles as instructional leaders a their schools.
PLA for New Principals consists of three, on-site meetings throughout the school year at locations around the state. The administrators are divided into 10 teams, and given valuable guidance and assistance by team leaders who are experienced principals at elementary and secondary schools in the state. Team members and team leaders can communicate continuously between sessions via a custom wiki hosted by WVCPD. They are able to share ideas and receive feedback about projects and situations they may be facing.
The participants attend professional development sessions that are facilitated by experts in the areas of school law, teacher evaluation and school safety, among others. In addition, each participant must complete an action research project that addresses an issue in their school and devise a comprehensive solution for that challenge. These plans were presented at the final session in Morgantown and scored by team leaders.
“The role of the school administrator is critically important to the success of the school,” said Emily Papadopoulos, director of principal programs at WVCPD. “Research continues to reveal how an effective principal can have an impact on school and student performance,” she said. “We know that the Academy equips these instructional leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully guide our schools,” she said.
PLA for New Principals is required by state code of all new principals and assistant principals. This year’s class represents principals from 39 counties. For more information about this or other WVCPD programs contact Christy Day, communications director, at Christy.B.Day@wv.gov or 304-558-0539.
From Boone County: Michael Brown, Madison Elementary; Pamela Campbell , Van Elementary; Kevin Harris, Jeffrey-Spencer Elementary; and Matthew Riggs, Sherman High.