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by Joan Brasher | Nov. 17, 2016, 2:28 PM
Twenty-five Tennessee assistant principals were selected to participate in a one-year fellowship to help build a pipeline of highly-trained school principals and improve school effectiveness statewide.
The assistant principals comprise the second cohort of the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership (GASL), a recent partnership of the state of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development, and local school districts. The fellowship begins January 2017 and runs through December.
“The Academy has had a successful first year, and we have been pleased that our fellows have expressed enthusiasm about their experience,” said Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development. “We are excited to welcome a second class of fellows and mentors as we continue the important work of strengthening leadership in Tennessee schools.”
GASL participants attend monthly group training sessions and a weeklong summer institute at Vanderbilt where they learn from Peabody education faculty who are nationally recognized for groundbreaking research on school leadership, principal effectiveness and school improvement.
Additionally, each assistant principal is assigned an experienced principal to serve as their mentor. They meet regularly and take part in an internship three days a month at their mentor’s school. At the conclusion of the fellowship, the participants are expected to pursue placement as a school principal in their district or region.
The participants are nominated by their district’s director of schools and selected through an application and interview process conducted by representatives from the Governor’s Office, the Tennessee Department of Education and Peabody College.
Joan Brasher, (615) 322-NEWS
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