Leadership Development

Dr. Laurie Riopelle, Director

Dr. Laurie RiopelleDirector

Phone(561) 649-6839
3300 Forest Hill Boulevard, Suite C-206
West Palm BeachFL33406

Purpose and Functions

From aspiring leaders to seasoned administrators, Leadership Development focuses to improve student achievement by providing rigorous and relevant professional development opportunities. These programs are designed to prepare and support creative and passionate leaders with interpersonal skills, communication, conceptual skills, and group leadership skills to lead schools toward improving student learning and academic growth.

Additionally, the department supports professional growth across the District including the District Leadership Academy, facilitates the Marzano School Leader Evaluation Model and offers coaching and training across the leadership continuum.  Services provided include:

- Aspiring Leaders Program (ALP) - The Aspiring Leaders Program is designed for teacher-leaders eager to serve in a leadership capacity. It is based on the Florida Principal Leadership Standards and focuses on effective instructional leadership for all student populations. Capitalizing on our Strategic Plan, this program is designed to provide aspiring leaders with complex and relevant experiences to help prepare them to lead our District schools.

- Empowering Teachers to Learn and Grow
- This is an opportunity for teacher leaders to be recognized, to learn, and to grow. Empowering Teachers to Learn and Grow provides a shared understanding of effective instructional practices that enables teachers to engage in collaboration, problem-solving, and teacher-to-teacher feedback. The ultimate goal is to increase student achievement by supporting and strengthening teachers’ capacity to serve as leaders within their schools and beyond.

- ExEq
- In partnership with the Wallace Foundation and Florida Atlantic University, ExEq is an 18-month Master's Level program which allows participants to earn a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership while completing the District's Aspiring Leaders program simultaneously. Instructors are current principals and District leader. ExEq provides job embedded, experiential learning targeting high needs schools.

- Leaders Learn and Grow
- Leaders Learn & Grow is a series of optional profession learning experiences designed for current assistant principals and specialists who are interested in honing their instructional leadership capacity and skills.

- Principals' Leadership Academy (PLA)
- The Principals’ Leadership Academy provides professional development opportunities for school leaders. Leaders are given opportunities to attend a variety of sessions centered around the valuable work of our school leaders. The format of these sessions range from conference style with a menu of choices to targeted whole group learning opportunities.

- Preparing New Principals (PNP)
- The Preparing New Principals Program is a comprehensive two-year leadership preparation program designed for extremely motivated and highly effective assistant principals who are aspiring to become principals. It is based on the Florida Principal Leadership Standards and capitalizes on our Strategic Plan. It is designed to provide future principals with rigorous and relevant instructional leadership experiences.
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