The goal of the IPA Aspiring School Leader Network is to establish aspiring school leaders with the mindset, attributes, and network needed to begin to positively impact students, staffs, and communities through educational leadership. Through personal and formal learning experiences, this program will lay the foundation aspiring school leaders need to take on a school leadership position. In addition to technical knowledge of school leadership, this experience will also give future leaders an understanding of the personal and social intelligences that are critical for successful leaders.
PLEASE NOTE: The Aspiring School Leader Network is replacing what in the past has been called the Aspiring Principals Workshop. This change is based on feedback from new administrators over the past several years.
All members of the Network Team are experienced educators and school leaders. Many of the team members have moved out of the role of building leader, some as recently as this year, yet all remain in education leadership positions.
The Team Leaders will present the activities at all sessions which will be highly interactive and provide new learning, application strategies, pitfalls to avoid, reflection, and collegial sharing as well as resources and tools to support leadership development and actions. In addition, they will be available to individually support network members throughout the program.
Dr. Anthony McConnell
Deerfield Public Schools District 109
Dr. Scott Schwartz
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning, & Innovation
Deerfield Public Schools District 109
Director of Professional Development
Carbondale Elementary District 95
Illinois Principals Association
There are three face-to-face sessions.
Stage 1: July 17-19: IPA Offices, Springfield, IL
The first opening session is three days of engaging exploration around school leadership. Participants will explore their own values, strengths, and approaches as a leader. Additionally, participants will spend one afternoon at the Abraham Lincoln Museum studying the attributes of one of our nation’s greatest leaders.
- Foundations of leadership
- Who am I as a leader?
- Leading Exceptional Schools Today
Stage 2: November 9 (Afternoon/Evening) & 10: IPA Offices, Springfield, IL
The second session is a one-and-a-half day workshop geared toward helping participants prepare for the principal interview. Participants will create winning executive application materials, participate in a mock interview, and plan for landing their first or next administrative position.
- Creating an executive level resume
- Preparing for your interview
Stage 3: April 26 (Afternoon/Evening) & 27 IPA: Offices, Springfield, IL
The third and final session is a one-and-a-half day workshop designed to help participants enter their new role with a successful plan. Learning will center on common first year challenges and creating an entry plan.
- Creating an entry plan
- The first 100 days
Resources and Tools
Participants will receive a plethora of resources and tools to build their leadership reading library and support their work as a school leader including:
- Lincoln on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips
- The Principled Principal by Jeffrey Zoul & Anthony McConnell
- Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes by Jimmy Casas
- The IPA’s Job Transition Worksheet (This critical resource will be instrumental in helping participants craft a successful entry plan.)
- The Principal’s Calendar (Created by the IPA to keep participants on track and growing with important monthly to-do’s, state mandates, and opportunities to reflect on their leadership.)
- Voucher for an IPA Online Administrators Academy
Rates & Application
The $375 registration includes program fees and registration to an IPA online Administrator Academy. Apply to be one of a select group of aspiring school leaders invited to participate in this unique learning opportunity. This fee represents a reduction from the original fee because of the first stage having already occurred.
If you already have an administrative contract, you can receive full IPA membership for just $280 after being accepted into the network. Let Lynne Woodrum know you are interested in this option upon acceptance.
Participants will be provided with hotel discount information upon acceptance into the network.
New principals, assistant and associate principals, and administrators face new tasks, responsibilities, and decisions on a regular basis and need an “expert” to not only coach but to mentor and provide instructional mentoring. As part of the comprehensive leadership development offered by the Illinois Principals Association, highly trained and experienced mentors are available to IPA professional development program participants and districts. Find out more here.