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Leadership Academy now accepting applications
Talented educators who aspire to be principals in the Knox County Schools are encouraged to apply to be a part of the third cohort of the Leadership Academy, a collaborative effort between the Knox County Schools and the University of Tennessee.
 
Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.
 
The program will run from May 31, 2012, through July 2013. The rigorous 15-month experience is intended to significantly shorten the learning curve for the increasingly complex and demanding job of school principal.  Teachers, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, counselors, assistant principals and others with educational experience and instructional knowledge are encouraged to apply. Applicants should aspire to be a school principal in the Knox County Schools within the next one to five years. 
   
Leadership Academy fellows graduate with a master’s degree or education specialist degree and Tennessee principal license. Those completing the program are not guaranteed principal jobs, but will be very competitive candidates for the openings.  Fellows receive free tuition and are paid as an assistant principals while serving as Leadership Academy Fellows. In return, fellows must commit to working in the Knox County Schools for at least three years after finishing the program. 
 
During the first summer, Leadership Academy fellows will be full-time UT students. Fellows will be placed in a Knox County school for the academic year, spending four days a week with a mentor principal, learning instructional leadership hands-on. The fifth day will be spent in coursework and seminars at UT with both professors and practitioners, learning the theory and research associated with effective educational leadership. The second summer will be spent completing capstone courses meant to culminate the experience.
 
The Leadership Academy is one of the components of the Center for Educational Leadership, part of UT’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.  The center is funded through a private donor and the Cornerstone Foundation.  Race to the Top federal funding also assists in supporting the Leadership Academy.
 
For more about the Leadership Academy visit http://cel.utk.edu/.

FORMER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY MEMBERS:
2011-12


2010-11




Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is the purpose of the Leadership Academy?
 
The Leadership Academy is a collaborative effort between the Knox County Schools and the University of Tennessee’s Center for Educational Leadership to prepare and develop the next generation of outstanding school leadership in our community.
 
This rigorous 15-month experience is intended to significantly shorten the learning curve for the increasingly complex and demanding job of school principal. Through the Academy, a small and extremely talented cohort of aspiring principals will learn successful strategies of effective instructional leadership from experienced leaders, researchers, professors, and each other.
 
Who should apply for the Leadership Academy?
Teachers, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, counselors, assistant principals and others with educational experience and instructional knowledge are encouraged to apply. Applicants should aspire to be a school principal in the Knox County Schools within the next 1-5 years.
 
I applied last year. Must I complete another full application?
No. If you sent in an application last year, simply complete the front page of this year’s application and the essay question. Write “reactivate” on the top of the application form and send it to the address at the bottom of the page.
 
When will the program begin?
The program runs from May 31, 2012 through July, 2013.
 
How is the program structured?
Fellows begin their work on May 31st and are essentially full-time students at the University of Tennessee for the summer. Fellows are placed in a Knox County schools for the academic year, spending four days a week with excellent mentor principals, learning instructional leadership hands-on. The fifth day (generally Friday) is spent in coursework and seminars at the University of Tennessee with both professors and practitioners, learning the theory and research associated with effective educational leadership. The second summer entails capstone courses meant to culminate the experience. Full-time university coursework is required in both summers of the program.
 
I am already licensed as a principal. Can I still apply for this program? Will my License put me at a disadvantage for selection?
People licensed as principals can apply to the Leadership Academy and they will not be at a disadvantage. Participants are identified based on who the selection committee feels will benefit the most from the program and will complete the program ready to assume a school leadership role in the Knox County Schools. Selected individuals who already have completed a Master’s program for licensure can utilize the Academy to work toward an Ed.S. In addition, plans are in process for offering a Doctor of Leadership Practice associated with the Leadership Academy, but final approval for this degree has not yet been received.
 
I haven't been admitted to the UT graduate program yet. Can I still apply?
Yes. If you are admitted to the Leadership Academy, and have not yet been admitted to the UT graduate program, you will be required to be admitted prior to the start of the 2012-2013 academic year on May 31, 2012. It is noted that candidates must apply to both the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and to the Graduate School at The University of Tennessee.
 
Am I guaranteed a principalship position after completing the program?
No. For the past several years, Knox County has hired approximately 5-10 new principals per year, as well as a number of assistant principals. Participants who are successful in all aspects of the program will be very competitive candidates for these openings, but are not guaranteed principalships.
 
Are the graduates of this program going to get preference for open positions?
The Leadership Academy has been created to address the Knox County Schools’ ongoing need for school leaders who are well versed in our district goals. The Knox County Schools will seriously consider all successful candidates for principal and assistant principal vacancies.
 
What is my obligation to the Knox County Schools if I am not hired as a principal?
In return for receiving a stipend while serving as a Leadership Academy Fellow, graduates commit to working in the Knox County Schools for a minimum of three years after completion of the program. If a graduate is not placed in a principalship, he/she may be appointed to an assistant principalship, other school administrative position, or a teaching position.
 
Have you already selected the mentor principals? How are matches made?
Mentor principals are selected based on their demonstrated leadership skills, their schools’ success in implementing the Knox County goals, raising student achievement levels, and their skills in and commitment to mentoring. Mentor principals will be identified by the Leadership Academy team. In order to qualify as a mentor principal, the mentor must attend the training session during the month of May.
 
 

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