Principal Induction Academy
Miami Dade County Public Schools
New Principal Induction Academy
Overview and Purpose
As new administrators begin to lead their schools and emerge as effective instructional leaders, it is imperative that they keenly understand and respond to critical information, build supportive relationships with stakeholder communities, and work within their unique building’s culture. As research substantiates, few new administrators engage in formal induction programs, which provide guidance on the specifics related to efficient and effective transition into their new roles. Those who take on the role as a new principal report challenges in sustaining student achievement, leveraging relationships, growing as managers, and seeking collegial support (Willer & Recht, 2011).
M-DCPS recognizes the importance of focusing on the specific set of needs of novice principals and establish a culture of support and coherence, which will guide them through the first critical year of their position. In response to this emergent need, the Office of Professional Development and Evaluation has instituted the Principal Induction Academy. The program, in line with the department’s new vision, is anchored in a theory of action of the importance of providing support and guidance. In accordance with this vision, novice principals will experience a network of support as they lead their schools to heightened achievement, understand how their work connects to that of the District, and develop the skills necessary to efficiently recognize and improve teacher effectiveness.
Subsequently, novice principals will engage in monthly professional learning seminars, which are part of the District’s scaled learning platform, and focus on four areas aligned to improving instructional practice with specific desired outcomes aimed at strengthening leadership capacity. In addition to these regional seminars, novice principals will receive another layer of support, through the monthly professional development modules that are part of the induction academy. These induction modules will not only guide them through the development and implementation of a career entry plan tailored to their individual needs as a leader, but are deeply embedded in the Florida Leadership Standards through four domains directly aligned to the MEP evaluation system:
Domain 1: Student Achievement
Participants will engage in activities which will provide support in leading their schools to heightened achievement based on adopted student academic standards and the District’s approved curricula which is centered upon student learning as a priority.
Domain 2: Instructional Leadership
Participants will engage in activities which will provide support in their new role as the instructional leader of their respective buildings. Subsequently, inductees will receive support in developing, implementing, and monitoring an instructional framework that aligns curriculum with state standards, effective instructional practices, and student learning needs and assessments.
Domain 3: Organizational Leadership
Participants will engage in activities which will provide support in effective decision-making based on critical thinking and problem solving techniques, leadership development within their organizations, effective school management, and communication.
Domain 4: Professional and Ethical Behavior
Participants will engage in activities which will support them in demonstrating professional and personal behaviors which are consistent with quality practices in education and community leadership.