Developing Leaders

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) values leaders who have the skills and training to lead schools in Providing A World-Class Education that focuses on student learning and achieving high standards. In an effort to prepare our graduates to compete in the 21st-century global community, our school leaders must be knowledgeable about innovative instruction, articulate the Division's Mission and Vision, and promote a positive school environment. PWCS leaders consistently work together to accomplish the Strategic Plan, model high expectations for teachers and students, and execute a vision so that these expectations may be realized. In an effort to equip leaders to effectively lead staff and communities in supporting students success, PWCS developed its Leadership Academies. The academy experience provides PWCS professionals with a clear path of development and training.

Through the leadership development program, new school-based administrators participate in a customized multi-year leadership experience designed to equip them to be effective in their new roles as continuous improvement leaders committed to pursuing the Division’s Mission and Vision.

Dr. Walts leading professional learning session.

New Administrator Institute

The required New Administrator Institute is designed to welcome new leaders within PWCS. This program communicates the Mission and Vision of leading within PWCS and provides a just-in-time overview of critical topics to enable leaders to have a successful start in their new role. This institute is designed for the following:

Cohort 1

New Administrative Interns (AI)
New Assistant Principals (not having AI experience)

Cohort 2

New Principals

  • All Principals new to PWCS
  • All first-time Principals

Central Office Administrators (Administrative Coordinators, Supervisors, and Directors)

  • Central office staff new in their role
  • Central office staff new to PWCS

Administrative Intern (AI) Academy

The required Administrative Intern (AI) Academy is a professional development induction program for all new AIs. The program builds the knowledge and skills to become effective AI leaders in PWCS.

  • First-year AIs participate in four full-days of professional development in addition to three full-days of the New Administrator Institute.
  • Second-year AIs participate in four full-days of professional development.

 

Assistant Principal (AP) Leadership Academy

The required Assistant Principal (AP) Leadership Academy is a professional development induction program for new APs. The program builds the knowledge and skills to become effective AP leaders in PWCS.

  • First-year APs participate in four full-days of professional development in addition to the three full-days of the New Administrator Institute.
  • Second-year APs participate in four full-days of professional development.
  • Third-year APs participate in three full-days of professional development. The program requires third-year APs to develop and implement a Leadership Project that supports the School Improvement Plan and the PWCS Strategic Plan.

 

Educational Leader (EL) Induction

The required Educational Leader (EL) Induction is a professional development induction program for Principals. The program builds the knowledge and skills to become effective Principal leaders in PWCS.

  • First-year principals participate in seven full-days of professional development.
  • Second-year principals participate in four full-days of professional development.

The curriculum of the Leadership framework is aligned with the Educational Leadership Standards

  • Instructional Leadership
  • School Climate
  • Human Resource Management
  • Community and Community Relations
  • Professionalism
  • Student Academic Progress

And the Foundations of Leadership

  •  Shaping a Vision of Academic Success
  •  Improving Instruction
  •  Cultivating Leadership in Others
  •  Creating a Climate Supportive to Maximizing the Educational Environment
  •  Managing People, Data, and Processes to Foster Continuous Improvement

 

School Advisory Council Resources

Last year, all administrators received access to the OneNote digital notebook with school advisory council resources.  Various sections include:

  • documents
  • pictures
  • videos
  • templates.

Resources follow the year's planning cycle from August through June.  To access the notebook, go to CO-PFLN Advisory Council, then go to the Content Library.

View OneNote information here (PDF)