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Media Alert: Promising Principals Academy To Build School Leadership

Second Academy Will Bring Emerging Leaders to Annapolis for Intensive Professional Development

For Immediate Release                                                      Contact: Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486

Baltimore, MD (July 23, 2015)

A new generation of Maryland school leaders is converging on Annapolis next week for Maryland’s second Promising Principals Academy.

The Academy, a unique effort by the Maryland State Department of Education to prepare a new cadre of principals, is building on the success of its first year.  Research has repeatedly shown that an effective principal is the key to a successful school. 

More than a dozen educators included in the Promising Principals Academy’s initial cohort have already been promoted.

“Maryland public school success is built on the foundation of strong school leadership,” said Maryland State Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery.  “This outstanding program provides training and year-round mentoring to support these women and men who are entering leadership roles.  Our students are the beneficiaries.”

Two participants from 23 of Maryland’s 24 local school systems -- plus one participant from Kent County and another from the statewide SEED School -- are involved in this year’s class.  Participants were nominated by their local superintendent based on their leadership potential, interest, and current position.  This summer conference—aligned to principal evaluation standards—marks the first time this cohort of promising principals has gathered as a whole. The group will hold four more convenings throughout the year, as well as online/digital coaching sessions.

WHO:             Educators from all 24 Maryland school systems.

WHAT:           The Maryland Promising Principals Academy

WHEN:           July 27 (11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
                       July 28 and 29  (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
                       July 30 (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)  
                       Note: State Superintendent Lowery to stop by the emerging leader training
                       at noon on Thursday.

WHERE:        Sheraton Annapolis Hotel
                      173 Jennifer Road
                      Annapolis, MD  21401