Preparing excellent leaders
Through the EXCEL (Excellence and Collaboration in Educational Leadership) grant from the U. S. Department of Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and its partner districts identify and train aspiring leaders to serve in high-needs schools. Students participating in the intensive 15-month principal training program called iLeadAZ are eligible for a Masters degree and Arizona principal certification upon successful completion of the program.
Learning through immersion
Students are nominated by their school districts, and those selected are admitted to the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program. Participating students begin in an intensive summer institute that immerses them in leadership issues, and during the ensuing school year, they serve in paid leadership positions, apprenticing as administrators and coached by ASU faculty.
Benefits of iLeadAZ
The grant provides tuition for participants in iLeadAZ, and in return, students commit to serving in a leadership position in a high-needs district (as identified by the U.S. Census) for five years following completion of the program.
The best of ASU’s rich intellectual resources combine with the expertise of accomplished school administrators serving as faculty and mentors to create this leadership immersion program. Instruction is aligned to nationally recognized Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC) and modeled after the highly successful New York City Leadership Academy.
- Learn through immersion in leadership paired with coursework and coaching
- Build skills for self-reflection, inquiry and the improvement of practice, and demonstrate these skills in a professional portfolio
- Apply evidence-based knowledge and research-based instructional strategies that positively impact student achievement and school improvement
For more information about this program, please contact us directly at iLeadAZ@asu.edu or (602) 543-2829.
Program Coordinator: Kay Coleman