TEA Launches School Leadership Pilot Program


3/9/2007—The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has awarded a $3 million grant to APQC to develop and launch a "School Leadership Pilot Program" for principals. Through the program, up to 300 principals will receive professional development and training in an effort to "transform school leadership."

According to APQC, a non-profit organization operating in the area of performance improvement and process management, the goal is to improve student achievement, graduation rates, and teacher retention through the improvement of school leadership.

The grant covers 15 months of the pilot program, during which time APQC will collaborate with the University of Houston-Victoria, which will develop program coursework, through its school of business administration, focusing on management and business.

The pilot program will include principals from both underachieving and "academically acceptable" schools. Principals of academically unacceptable schools will be required to attend the program; other principals and aspiring principals may also attend.

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