NATIONAL PRINCIPAL SUPERVISOR CERTIFICATE FOR EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE Program

A Certificate Program for School Administrators Offered by the National Center for Urban School Transformation at San Diego State University

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WHY?

The nation does not have a clear, practical way of acknowledging district leaders who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to move schools toward greater equity and excellence.

Some district leaders don’t acknowledge how their leadership actions positively or negatively influence the pursuit of excellence and equity in the schools they supervise.

Some district leaders have not had opportunities to see and experience schools that achieve outstanding learning results for diverse populations
of students.

District leaders have few opportunities to build their capacity to advance excellence and equity in the schools they supervise.

More than ever, the nation needs district leaders who demonstrate the ability to dismantle systems that perpetuate racist outcomes and generate outstanding results for every demographic group of students.

District leaders want practical approaches that have proven successful in schools where all demographic groups achieve outstanding learning results.

WHAT IT IS / WHAT IT ISN'T

WHAT IT IS

This program is exclusively for district leaders who supervise schools. The program prepares district leaders to apply for and earn NCUST’s National Principal Certificate for Equity and Excellence Program. To earn the certificate each candidate must demonstrate, through measurable evidence, that they have advanced equity and excellence in one or more of the schools they supervise.

The program includes five courses (delivered primarily online) over a 12-month period. In the first course, participants will establish an “Equity and Excellence Project” grounded in data related to one or more of the schools they supervise. Each course will support principal supervisors in pursuing their project in a way that generates improvements in school culture, curriculum, and instruction that lead to substantial movement toward equity and excellence in one or more of the schools they supervise.

The program is based on research about effective district-level leadership and NCUST’s extensive study of urban schools that achieve excellent and equitable learning results.

Each course features specific district-level leadership tasks. The leadership tasks will challenge principal supervisors to provide inspiring, meaningful, and productive support and guidance to the schools they supervise in ways that maximize the likelihood that their Equity and Excellence Project will generate measurable evidence of movement toward equity and excellence.

During each course, each participant will receive up to three one-on-one personalized video-coaching sessions with an NCUST Executive Coach.

Each course will include an opportunity to engage with district leaders who influenced the success of schools that have achieved remarkable results for every demographic group served.

WHAT IT ISN'T

This is NOT a traditional program that requires academic papers or tests. Instead, it requires participants to engage in practical leadership tasks designed to promote excellence and equity in their schools.

This is NOT a program that results in the attainment of a certificate based on “seat time” or the completion of courses.

This is NOT a traditional program that requires academic papers or tests. Instead, it requires participants to engage in practical leadership tasks designed to promote excellence and equity in their schools.

Completion of the five courses WILL NOT automatically result in the acquisition of NCUST’s National Principal Certificate for Equity and Excellence. NCUST and the SDSU Global Campus will grant the Advanced Certificate when NCUST (in collaboration with a panel of outstanding district leaders) determines that the participant’s Equity and Excellence Project has generated substantial movement toward equity and excellence in one or more of the schools the participant supervises.

WHEN?

APPLY BEFORE SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

Envisioning Equity and Excellence at Schools in your district   

November 2020 – January 2021

Building a Coherent System that Promotes Equity and Excellence 

February 2021 – March 2021

Advancing School Culture in Pursuit of Equity and Excellence     

April 2021 – May 2021

Supporting Leaders in Advancing Effective Teaching Practices   

August 2021 – September 2021

Overcoming the Leadership Challenges   

 

October 2021 – November 2021

WHY IS THIS PROGRAM UNIQUE?

This program is exclusively for district leaders who supervise schools. The program prepares district leaders to apply for and earn NCUST’s National Principal Certificate for Equity and Excellence Program. To earn the certificate each candidate must demonstrate, through measurable evidence, that they have advanced equity and excellence in one or more of the schools they supervise.

The program is based on research about effective district-level leadership and NCUST’s extensive study of urban schools that achieve excellent and equitable learning results and other research.

 

Each course will include opportunities to engage with district leaders who influenced the success of schools that achieved remarkable results for every demographic group served.

District leaders have few opportunities to build their capacity to advance excellence and equity in the schools they supervise.

More than ever, the nation needs district leaders who demonstrate the ability to dismantle systems that perpetuate racist outcomes and generate outstanding results for every demographic group of students.

 

Course Features

Intended Participants

The Advanced Certificate in District Leadership for Excellence and Equity is designed to support district-level administrators (e.g., superintendents, assistant superintendents, area superintendents, executive directors) who supervise principals. The program will support district leaders as they help school leaders generate improved learning results, across multiple indicators, especially for populations of students who have been underserved historically. 

To maximize impact, each participating district leader is encouraged to ensure that at least one of the school leaders they supervise is concurrently enrolled in the School Leadership for Equity and Excellence Program.

"Equity without excellence is nothing more than mediocrity. Excellence without equity is an oxymoron.”
Leadership in America's Best Urban Schools

Program Content

The program is based on the best practices of elementary, middle, and high schools that have achieved remarkable evidence of educational equity and excellence. The program is designed to build the capacity of district leaders to support school leaders in promoting academic growth for every demographic group, across multiple indicators.

The program engages district administrators in learning many of the same concepts and skills featured in the School Leadership for Equity and Excellence Program; however, the district leadership program emphasizes the district leader’s roles in establishing systems that will support school leaders, as they move their schools toward educational equity and excellence.

The program includes five courses over one year. Each course will feature specific district-level leadership tasks the participating district administrators will be expected to complete with the schools they lead.  The leadership tasks will challenge district leaders to provide inspiring, meaningful, and productive support and guidance to the schools they supervise.  The sequencing of district leader courses is intentionally paired with the sequencing of school leader courses so that district leaders will be best positioned to support the school leaders they supervise in maximizing learning results for students who have historically been underserved.

 

The leadership tasks are designed to accelerate the district’s progress toward equity and excellence. Course completion depends upon satisfactory completion of each leadership task.  Completion of the leadership tasks will require minimal writing.  In contrast, leaders will submit short video clips and PowerPoint files that provide evidence of their efforts to advance equity and excellence among their schools.

Each course begins with a synchronous session that includes a detailed conversation about the leadership tasks and a discussion of online and text resources intended to support the district leaders in addressing the tasks. All synchronous sessions will be recorded so leaders may review the content when they wish to do so.

For each course, leaders will be able to access PowerPoint files, video clips, self-assessment instruments, text materials, and other resources at their convenience. Busy leaders will be able to access professionally useful information anytime.

The content of each course will be enhanced with powerful opportunities for district leaders to engage with school and district leaders from award-winning schools that have generated substantial evidence of success for all demographic groups served.

In addition to the introductory synchronous session and the structured opportunity to engage with leaders from award-winning schools, each course will feature two additional synchronous sessions that will provide opportunities for rich discussion about the leadership tasks and the challenges associated with the tasks.

Support for Participants

Courses will be led by an NCUST Executive Coach with experience supporting district leaders pursuing equity and excellence.

During each course, each participant will receive up to three one-on-one personalized video-coaching sessions with an NCUST Executive Coach.

Each course will include an opportunity to engage with district leaders who influenced the success of award-winning schools that have achieved remarkable results for every demographic group served. In two of the five courses, leaders will have a face-to-face opportunity to visit, observe, and interact.  In the other three courses, the opportunity to engage will occur with the aid of technology. 

NOTE: In addition to the tuition costs, leaders will need to pay their travel expenses to participate in the two face-to-face opportunities. 

Participants will benefit from the experience and perspectives of the district leaders in their cohort.

Leaders will be expected to post a “draft” submission of their tasks. Leaders will receive feedback and support from the NCUST Executive Coach teaching the course and from members of the cohort taking the course.

Course Descriptions

Envisioning Equity and Excellence at Your School DISTRICT

Through this course, leaders will learn how culture, curricula, and instruction make a powerful difference in schools that achieve equity and excellence. District leaders will form a clearer image of the transformation they want to inspire and support as they assess the extent to which their schools’ culture, curricula, and instruction resemble those found in very high-performing schools. District leaders will learn strategies for communicating expectations and for providing support related to those expectations in ways that maximize the likelihood that school leaders will improve their schools’ culture, curricula, and instruction in ways that advance equity and excellence. As a part of this course, participants will attend the America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium during which they will have opportunities to interact with district and school leaders from schools that achieve remarkable results for every demographic group served. By the end of the course, participants will have a clearer perspective of how schools under their supervision will need to improve in order to advance equity and excellence in learning results.

Building a Coherent System that Promotes Equity and Excellence

Through this course, district leaders will support the school leaders they supervise in developing/strengthening a coherent educational improvement system that advances their school’s progress toward equity and excellence. District leaders will support campus leaders in engaging key stakeholders in assessing their school’s educational improvement efforts and conceptualizing a coherent system that will improve the school’s culture, curricula, and instruction for all demographic groups of students. Specifically, district leaders will guide their school leader colleagues in pursuing a planning process that 1) increases clarity about the critical academic standards all students need to master, 2) defines common assessment tools and strategies to be employed, 3) strengthens teacher collaboration in ways that improve the initial instruction (tier I instruction) provided to students, 4) develops timely, effective, and powerful intervention and enrichment strategies, and 5) ensures that all stakeholders (including students, parents, and teachers) are likely to feel both valued and capable throughout all system components. As part of this course, leaders will participate in a Zoom-based micro-lab with district leaders who support or have supported high-performing urban schools. The micro-lab will highlight how district leaders helped their schools achieve equitable and excellent learning results through the establishment of coherent educational improvement systems.

Advancing School Culture in Pursuit of Equity and Excellence

Through this course, district leaders will engage the school leaders they supervise in understanding how their school culture might be strengthened in ways that promote equity and excellence. In particular, district leaders will support school leaders as they engage key stakeholders in defining a few key actions for strengthening school culture for diverse groups of students and for all school personnel. As part of this course, district leaders will conduct a phone or Zoom interview with a district leader from a district with a school that won the America’s Best Urban School Award. The focus of the interview will be the leadership practices that influenced the development of a positive transformational culture 1) for all groups of students and 2) for all school personnel.

Supporting Leaders in Advancing Effective Teaching Practices

Through this course, district leaders will engage school leaders in understanding how curriculum and instruction at their schools might be strengthened in ways that promote equity and excellence. In particular, district leaders will guide school leaders in enlisting key stakeholders in defining key practices they will commit to master in ways that promote deep understanding among all students and advance the pursuit of equity and excellence. As well, district leaders will support school leaders in designing, implementing, and refining plans in ways that are most likely to result in the continuous improvement of the specific instructional practices they commit to addressing. As part of this course, district leaders will participate in one of three opportunities to visit classrooms in a high-performing urban school. As part of this course, leaders will review and analyze video-recorded lessons from real urban schools. The recordings will highlight the distinctive teaching practices that promote equity and excellence in classrooms.

Overcoming the Leadership Challenges

Through this course, each district leader will reflect upon the progress generated throughout the prior four courses. Specifically, each district leader will consider the extent to which they have supported school leaders in developing a critical mass of stakeholders who are committed to strengthening the school’s culture, curricula, and instruction and building a coherent educational improvement system in ways likely to advance equity and excellence. Each district leader will be asked to reflect upon the four leadership challenges that often frustrate school improvement efforts. District leaders will identify sources of resistance and consider leadership strategies that can be helpful in responding to the resistance. The course will culminate in the development of a leadership plan for advancing district/school improvement efforts in the 2021-2022 academic year.

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