Office of Organizational Development

The development of effective, qualified leaders is a key component in maintaining a quality school system that supports high achievement for all students. In The Baltimore County Public Schools, we believe that leadership is a set of skills and knowledge that can be learned. The differentiated components of the Leadership Development Program provide opportunities for participants to develop and apply leadership skills as they support the vision and mission of the Blueprint 2.0 and assist schools in achieving the indicators of progress.

TEACHER LEADERS
The Learning to Lead Framework
The Learning to Lead Framework is a tool designed to foster dialogue between principals and aspiring leaders as they work together to develop leadership capacity in the local school and throughout the school system. The benchmarks represent a broad range of leadership skills that must be developed if teacher leaders are to become successful school or Curriculum and Instruction administrators. This job-embedded practice will serve to prepare future leaders as well as provide daily support for the work of the school.

ASSESSMENT SKILLS CENTERS for Aspiring Principals and Aspiring Assistant Principals
Aspiring Principals & Aspiring Assistant Principals
If you are interested in becoming a transformational Team BCPS leader, please apply by clicking "Apply Now" here. The process involves the following steps:

  1. Screen and qualify candidates for position.
  2. Assessment Skills Center: Qualified candidates are invited to attend our Assessment Skills Center in which candidates engage in three specific tasks. If successful, then candidates are invited to participate in a structured interview.
  3. Entrance into an Eligibility Pool: Success in the Assessment Skills Center leads to candidates for assistant principal and principal positions being placed in a pool that qualifies them for eligibility to continue with the process.
  4. Specific School Applications: Eligible candidates may apply to specific school vacancy for assistant principal or principal positions.

2017-2018 Dates for Aspiring Principals
The Baltimore County Public School System builds and sustains a pipeline of school-based administrators by evaluating a prospective school-based leader’s skills in four specifically designed tasks performed at a regularly scheduled Assessment Skills Center. Interested and qualified candidates seeking principalship may choose to participate on one of these four dates. Aspiring principal candidates may only register once per semester for an Assessment Skills Center. Dates will be posted in August.

2017-2018 Dates for Aspiring Assistant Principals
The Baltimore County Public School System builds and sustains a pipeline of school-based administrators by evaluating a prospective school-based leader’s skills in four specifically designed tasks performed at a regularly scheduled Assessment Skills Center. Interested and qualified candidates seeking assistant principalship may choose to participate on one of these three dates. Aspiring assistant principal candidates may only register for an Assessment Skills Center for two opportunities per year, once per semester. Dates will be posted in August.

ASPIRING LEADERS COURSE
The Office of Organizational Development is offering the Aspiring Leaders Course to tenured candidates aspiring to the assistant principalship. The course will focus on understanding the role of the instructional leader. Participants will have required readings and job-embedded assignments on how to analyze data and develop and implement a plan to improve student achievement. Successful completion of this one-credit MSDE course will provide participants with core knowledge and skills necessary to maximize their roles as school-based leaders.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Is a tenured teacher
  • Possess a master’s degree
  • Possess an Administrator I endorsement
  • Receives a recommendation from a recent principal colleague

The Aspiring Leaders Course is a six-session course beginning on Thursday, October 12, 2017, and ending on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The fall sessions will be held at Loyola Graduate Center from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Class size is limited, online registration will open on Friday, September 1, 2017. Upon registering, a recommendation form for the principal to complete will be emailed to you.

Prospective Department Chair Training Program
The Office of Organizational Development and the secondary offices in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction are offering training to prospective department chairs. Experienced teachers interested in the role of the department chair in any of our system’s middle or high schools are encouraged to enroll in Leadership Development for Prospective Department Chairs. During the required sessions, teachers will explore the responsibilities for this school-based leadership position.

  • Thursday, September 28th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 26th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 16th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 14th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Any “acting” department chair who has not completed the required sessions of Leadership Development for Prospective Department Chairs must register online. Teachers who previously completed the required sessions, but who did not go through the interview process, should watch for the Department Chair Candidate Pool posting on our website at: http://www.bcps.org/jobs/listing.aspx?cat=9,2,3,6,7 and complete the online application.

SCHOOL-BASED ASPIRING LEADER
The school-based leader builds positive and productive relationships with students, parents/guardians, employees, and community members to create and sustain a culture of deliberate excellence.

NEW SCHOOL-BASED LEADERS
Administrative Induction and Support Program
The Administrative Induction and Support Program for first-year administrators is a yearlong program designed to support new principals and assistant principals in their work. The emphasis is on supporting, maintaining, and leading a high quality instructional program. Participants study best practices for supporting quality instruction particularly through the appraisal process, and learn about systemwide compliance procedures and regulations. Meetings are held monthly, and new principals and assistant principals engage in conversation with one another, with administrative mentors, and with central office staff.

NEW ADMINISTRATORS' ACADEMY
The New Administrators’ Academy, which is held in the summer, provides support to newly appointed principals and assistant principals to familiarize them with BCPS policies and procedures and the basic requirements of their new role.

The New Administrators' Academy will be held July 26 & 27, 2017, for all new principals and new assistant principals from 8:30-3:30 p.m. at Loyola Graduate Center in Timonium. New administrators are expected to be in attendance on these two dates.

CURRENT LEADERS
Leadership Academy
Leadership Academy is a two-day retreat for all principals and assistant principals that will be held on June 22 & 23, 2017 at New Town High School. The Academy sessions are focused on the development of leadership skills, particularly instructional leadership. Academy participants explore best practices for creating and sustaining an effective school environment where all students achieve at high levels.

For further information about Leadership Development programs, please contact Heather Lageman, Executive Director, Leadership Development, or Kimberly McMenamin, Coordinator, Professional Development and Training.
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