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Program offerings in this strand are designed to support and guide teacher leaders, instructional coaches and other individual contributors who are aspiring to the role of Assistant Principal. The content will help professionals to both determine their interest in and aptitude for the leadership responsibilities of that position. Additionally, once an individual has determined his or her suitability for the role, content is offered to begin the process of preparation. Ideally, districts will nominate and refer potential candidates who will receive development support in small group settings over a specified period of time in order to help create a pipeline of capable and experienced leaders for the future.Back to Top
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The following two tracks are offered to Assistant Principals.
Current Job Focus (for assistant principals with 0-2 years of experience in the role)
This program strand provides four workshops designed to support the preparation and development of new assistant principals in the critical and core responsibilities of their role, including understanding their accountabilities and span of control, time and priority management, classroom management and critical communication skills, and effective leadership of faculty.
Aspiring Principals (for assistant principals with 3+ years of experience in the role)
This three-year program supports assistant principals who seek to assume the responsibilities of the principalship. Experienced assistant principals bring a level of leadership acumen but often lack the full skill set needed to move into a principalship role. Workshops include content designed to support development on four strategic functions, including data-driven planning, finance, vision-setting, and talent management. Ideally, districts will refer assistant principals developing for the role of principalship, but assistant principals may also self-refer and participate in the program for career growth and self-development. Participants who fully complete all elements in the first two years of the program (Silver and Gold strands) are eligible for the third year (Platinum strand) which includes a robust leadership assessment process, executive coaching, individual development plan, individually assigned mentor, tailored workshops targeting identified development needs and experiential development focusing on targeted plan goals.Back to Top
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This three-year program supports the development of principals in their second through fifth year of service and beyond. Districts will nominate candidates for program strands focusing on the three primary elements of leadership: vision, interpersonal/relational, and execution/implementation, but principals may also self-refer for career growth and self-development. Leadership skills will be developed through a variety of methods, including workshops, small group discussions, book studies and case studies.Participants who fully complete all elements in the first two years of the program (Silver and Gold strands) are eligible for the third year (Platinum strand), focusing further on growing their effectiveness as a principal or choosing to develop for a position in district administration. Program elements will include a robust leadership assessment process, executive coaching, individual development plan, tailored workshops targeting identified development needs, experiential development focusing on targeted plan goals, and back-end 360 degree leadership assessment. Back to Top
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District Level Leaders
This three-year program supports superintendents and district level leaders through customized, needs-based and transformative leadership opportunities. Cohorts of leaders will learn together and challenge themselves and each other to identify and take to mastery those specific skills and behaviors that will affect student achievement over an entire district.Participants who fully complete all elements in the first two years of the program (Silver and Gold strands) are eligible for the third year (Platinum strand), focusing further on growing their effectiveness as a district administrator or choosing to develop for the superintendency. Program elements will include a robust leadership assessment process, executive coaching, individual development plan, workshops focusing on executive level strategic responsibilities and opportunities for involvement in statewide policy initiatives and projects with widescale impact. This program will also include a final 360 degree leadership assessment process as a final element. Back to Top
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Below are the 2018-19 Center for Executive Education Leadership offerings for aspiring leaders. Please see below for information how to register.
There is no prerequisite for attending any of these sessions. Aspiring leaders are invited to register for CEEL Gold sessions regardless of their completion of CEEL Silver sessions.Back to Top
October 23, 2018
How Can I Know if School Leadership is Right for Me?
Participants will examine the role of a school leader and will analyze their skill set to fill such a role. Participants will identify the challenges that concern them most and engage in dialogue, activities, role plays and case studies to address their concerns. Attend this session to assess your readiness to take on the important role of school leader.Back to Top
November 14, 2018
Dealing with Difficult People
The ability to speak up for yourself, politely and without aggression is one of the unspoken keys to being successful and gaining influence in a school leadership role. This skill will improve aspiring leaders’ ability to reach goals, solve problems, lead projects, and untangle conflicts with students, teachers and parents. This session will teach aspiring leaders the right balance of assertiveness and how to avoid being passive, passive-aggressive, or aggressive and therefore better prepared to handle conflict confidently and constructively.Back to Top
January 16, 2019
Communication Skills in Your New Role
Communication is the cornerstone of effective leadership. Effective communication makes the person speaking feel valued, prevents miscommunication, speeds productivity, and creates more active forums of discussion. From reading body language and facial expressions, to discerning emotions to accurately processing messages, great communication involves a high level of observation, empathy and analysis. This course will help aspiring leaders improve communication skills by helping discern hidden messages, kick distracted tendencies, listen in emotional situations or groups, and increase information flow to enhance productivity.Back to Top
February 13, 2018
Transitioning to School Leadership
Making the transition from doing work as a teacher or individual contributor to managing others can feel overwhelming. New school leaders may be overseeing the work of former colleagues or getting to know an entirely new school, faculty, students and parents. They’ll feel pressure from below and above. This course is designed to help minimize the stress and walk aspiring school leaders through the transition by targeting five specific areas: faculty/staff, projects, performance, conflict, and self.Back to Top
February 27, 2019
Preparing for the Role of School Leadership
Participants will engage in roundtable learning sessions on key topics like student discipline, special education, supervising adults, and managing school operations, conducted by school leaders currently serving in these roles. In the afternoon session, participants will continue to self-analyze and develop an action plan for moving into a leadership role, if at the end of the analysis, school leadership is a pathway they wish to pursue.Back to Top
Below are the 2018-19 Center for Executive Education Leadership offerings for assistant principals. Please scroll down for session descriptions and registration links.
There is no prerequisite for attending any of these sessions. Assistant principals are invited to register for CEEL Silver of CEEL Gold sessions regardless of prior attendance. If you are promoted to a new position that moves you to a different job category, you will be required to complete the Silver and Gold session strands in the series for that job level in that series in order to receive those certificates.
In order to receive your Silver CEEL Certificate in the Assistant Principals’ Series, you must complete all three sessions listed below. You may complete these in one year or over the course of several years.
In order to receive your Gold CEEL Certificate in the Assistant Principals’ Series, you must complete all six sessions listed under both Silver and Gold program strands. You may complete these in one year or over the course of several years.Back to Top
Current Job Focus Workshops
SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
Introduction to the Role/Responsibility of the Assistant Principal
Whether the Assistant Principalship will be your career or the start of your journey to other roles in school leadership, beginning well is essential. Attend this session to examine both yourself and the role of the Assistant Principal. What are the key leadership skills necessary to my success? What will be new that I have never done before? How do I mesh my abilities with those of my school principal so that a strong leadership team is formed? Plan to engage in activities and discussion with other early career AP's as you learn to use old and newly learned skills for the benefit of the students.Back to Top
JANUARY 24, 2019
Managing the Work of the AP: A Careful BalanceBack to Top
FEBRUARY 14, 2019
Classroom Management and Parent CommunicationBack to Top
MARCH 14, 2019
Key Transitions: Classroom to School Leadership
In this "near end of school year" session, it will be time to reflect on what you have learned and then define a few key transitions so that you and your school principal can significantly impact student achievement. A plan for action is essential. What actions need to be taken? Do they relate to personnel, curriculum, instructional practice, planning vs. implementation, changes in the culture of the school, or other identified targets? To the leadership team you bring new perspectives and recent classroom experience. During this session, practice using your skills to both identify needs, determine the local resources and context that will enable success, and gain classroom and leadership support for action. And most importantly refine your instructional leadership actions as you assist teachers in improving teaching and learning in your schoolBack to Top
August 8, 2018
Assistant Principals' Leadership Summit
Center For Executive Education Leadership
1 Fernandina Court Columbia, SC 29212
NOVEMBER 27, 2018 and NOVEMBER 28, 2018
3 Levels of Finance and Budget Basics: State, District, School
School finance is a complex subject from the state level down to the school level. During this leadership class, you will explore the three levels of education funding and how each level impacts the next. You will gain knowledge on how the state appropriates dollars for education and what other factors influence the appropriation. You will learn how money flows from the state to the school district and how the amounts are calculated. Finally, you will learn how to construct a school budget. By improving your financial know-how, you’ll empower yourself in many ways. You’ll know how to justify requests and translate performance into financial terms.Back to Top
OCTOBER 10, 2018 and OCTOBER 25, 2018
Planning and Data Driven Decision Making
Even in making the many “on the spot” decisions required of a school leader, the effective leader knows that significant planning and data precede the best decisions. Attend this interactive session where experienced facilitators will help you polish your planning and decision-making skills. Additionally, we will apply the collection and use of data to management decisions, and most importantly to guiding the decisions for the academic progress of the students in your care.Back to Top
JANUARY 23, 2019 and FEBRUARY 5, 2019
So You're a Principal: Now What?
This workshop will present information to aspiring principals to identify behaviors of an effective leader in the role of principal, especially including how to inspire moving forward with creativity and action. As a result participants will be better prepared to overcome traditional thinking patterns, have more confidence in their ability to creatively engage in their position, and be able to assess the impact of possible new approaches. Also, content will help reshape thinking on innovation, providing knowledge of the different elements of creativity and how to build ideas in a group to let innovation flow and action result.Back to Top
MARCH 19, 2019
Selecting Your Team: Right Person, Right Place, Right Time
Everyone is aware of the increasing difficulty in recruiting good teachers and other staff. In addition to recruiting difficulties, ensuring you’ve hired the best candidate is crucial. A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that 69 percent of organizations have been adversely affected by a bad hire in the past year. In the survey results, bad hires display at least one of the following issues: poor performance, failure to get along with others, negative attitude, attendance problems, and complaints from stakeholders. The consequences included any of the following: lost productivity, time required to hire and train another person, drag on morale throughout the department or organization, diminished results, and legal issues.
If your strategies to recruit teachers are as modern as the mimeograph, this session will provide information on current teacher recruitment strategies as well as using behavioral interviewing as a technique for ensuring you know how to hire the right person for the job.Back to Top
OCTOBER 30, 2018
Fundamentals of Strategic Planning
Starting up a new school, partaking in a major project, or just beginning a new school year can bring many stress-inducing questions. Are you ready for unexpected challenges? Do you have enough time and resources to achieve goals? Do you have a long-term vision? Developing a strategy for the future takes some creative thinking and a deep understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your school. According to a recent SREB report, strategic planning efforts are one important key for improving struggling high schools. That is, development of a coherent vision and goals – and holding themselves accountable for results. However, most don't link strategy and budgeting. What’s more, many of those with a strategic plan don't execute it!
This session will help aspiring principals learn to develop a strategic plan that is right for their particular needs, and will give them the tools to stick to and implement the plan effectively. The goal is to help APs be better prepared to handle unforeseen problems, gain unexpected results, be better able to analyze and weigh options, and be a visionary for the future.Back to Top
FEBRUARY 20, 2019
Art of Effective Communication
Being an AP means taking on a lot of responsibility and interaction with stakeholders. If there’s a disconnect between an AP and his or her staff or teachers, there’s a huge cost to pay in productivity, teambuilding and communication. According to a recent study through officevibe.com, three out of four employees think that their boss is the worst and most stressful aspect of their job. In addition, bad bosses cause organizations to spend an estimated $360 billion each year in healthcare! This session will include how to be a relatable AP, able to keep all aspects of communication heading the right direction. As a result of participation, APs will improve their confidence and ability to set direction, meet student and teacher needs, and handle difficult conversations.Back to Top
MARCH 20, 2019
Given the increasing expectations in education, school leaders need to be more productive than ever. Not only must jobs be done in less time and with fewer resources, many school leaders often feel like they work for more than one boss and on more than one team. As a result, they face conflicting tasks, deadlines, and expectations, making it difficult to identify what’s most important. Also, huge changes brought about by technology have, in addition to the many benefits, increased the speed and complexity of work overall. This session is designed to help APs to properly prioritize obligations, which will absolutely lead to improved performance and productivity.
The ultimate result will be a better work/life balance, minimized stress related to managing tasks efficiently, and ultimately, improved working relationships.Back to Top
Below are the 2018-19 Center for Executive Education Leadership offerings for principals. Please scroll down for session descriptions and registration links.
There is no prerequisite for attending any of these sessions. Principals are invited to register for CEEL Gold sessions regardless of their completion of CEEL Silver sessions.Back to Top
October 3, 2018
Creating a Culture for Success Through Instructional Leadership
Two of the most misunderstood concepts of school leadership are “culture” and “instructional leadership.” Yet both are crucial to the success of any school and are highly interrelated. Attend this hands-on session to define a positive school culture, and examine and apply research and best practices for building a positive school culture in your setting. Concurrently as culture builds in your school, learn what it means and what it looks like to walk the talk of instructional leadership every day.Back to Top
January 30, 2019
Developing the Resilience You Need to Succeed
The demanding job of the Principal can sometimes lead to feelings of exhaustion, mentally and physically, creating difficulty in maintaining the enthusiasm needed for leadership. In this session, participants will gain understanding of the five factors of personal resilience, their own personal score on each factor, and ways to build resilience within the framework. Additionally, in this book study format, participants will have an opportunity for full discussion time on each factor in a small group setting with colleagues.Back to Top
March 13, 2019
Strong leadership is the critical foundation of any school/district. It ensures goals are achieved on time, empowers individual staff and teachers, motivates teams to work together, and generates a vision for future growth. Yet, it can be very difficult to get established as an influential leader. This session is designed to help principals communicate more constructively by adjusting their behavioral style to meet the needs of others. As a result of participating, you’ll learn how to better engage in constructive one-on-one conversations and, ultimately, build the rapport with colleagues necessary to result in effective leadership.Back to Top
October 17, 2018
Having the Courage to Lead
The pressure to achieve is squarely on in the job of the principal. Principals are entrusted with great responsibilities in the lives of staff and students. Every decision made, regardless of whether it creates tremendous improvements, can cause discontent among stakeholders. Every day can feel like a tightrope walk between results and feelings. This session will offer straightforward guidance for leading courageously in order to drive academic and personal performance.Back to Top
December 5, 2018
Difficult conversations are inevitable. Those conversations can create unhappiness, stress, and tension. They can also impair and even destroy relationships. When handled poorly, they are likely to result in serious problems that interfere with productivity and leave everyone involved feeling frustrated and dissatisfied. Principals can’t avoid these kinds of conversations but can learn how to handle them more effectively. This session will outline the nature of difficult conversations and the seven stages of handling them in a way that minimizes negative responses and strengthens relationships.Back to Top
February 6, 2019
Leading When Overwhelmed and Pressured
Principals encounter many stressors during the day – due dates, meetings, disagreements, difficult situations, and a never-ending flow of assignments. As you try to balance all these situations while working 50 hours or more a week, emotional resolve may start to weaken. When this happens, you begin to lose your patience, find your job to be less meaningful, and may even develop health issues. This session is designed to give participants the tools they need to identify workplace stressors, end self-defeating talk, build communicative structures, and deal more calmly with change.Back to Top
District Level Leaders
Below are the 2018-19 Center for Executive Education Leadership offerings for district level leaders. Please scroll down for session descriptions and registration links.
There is no prerequisite for attending any of these sessions. District level leaders are invited to register for CEEL Gold sessions regardless of their completion of CEEL Sliver sessions.Back to Top
September 26, 2018
Work of Leaders
The work that leaders do—that really matters—can be boiled down to three areas: crafting a vision, building alignment, and championing execution. This session takes each bucket and distills these big ideas into tangible behaviors and best practices needed to truly lead and effectively influence others to achieve big goals.Back to Top
November 8, 2018
The Art of Influencing Others
Influence is a tool of successful leaders - being able to affect influence or win others to your way of thinking by commanding respect and allowing you the authority to affect outcomes. Too often we assume only a person with positional/line authority can do this. However, influencing goes beyond positions of power and encompasses more subtle skills like empathy and active listening. It is rooted in effective communication skills and self-understanding. This session will demonstrate how to have a strong sense of self-awareness and display authenticity and integrity in interactions with others, leading to improved working relationships and opportunities to see your ideas grow.Back to Top
February 28, 2019
Preparing for the Role of Superintendent
The decision to apply for a superintendency should not be spur of the moment. This session will outline the critical skills and experiences expected by school boards and needed to compete effectively for the position of superintendent. You will also gain insight into resume polishing and interview skills.Back to Top
October 24, 2018
In this session, we will explore the idea of transformational leadership – the kind of leadership that causes change in systems. It creates valuable and positive change in followers with the end goal of developing followers into leaders. This session will walk participants through four components of transformational leadership to support district administrators in efforts to make a real difference toward a shared vision of positive change.Back to Top
January 9, 2019
Leading the Unleadable
All leaders have to deal with difficult people from time to time. So what do we do? Pull them off the project, chastise them, move them to be someone else’s problem? Too often leaders ignore problems for too long because they’re afraid of conflict – or, if they do address something, they do it poorly because of inexperience or not knowing what to do. Not acting can damage everyone around the difficult person. This session will support district administrators to understand how to handle the most troublesome situations, develop the radar to spot trouble early and deal with it, and how to prevent problems in the first place.Back to Top
February 26, 2019
Moral and Ethical Leadership
Working in an environment with unethical leaders can have a negative impact on organizational trust, team-building, communication and morale. Ethical behavior tends to be a broad term, encompassing accountability, professionalism and respect. This can make pinpointing behaviors to change difficult. Sometimes individual character changes are in order, but sometimes a district or school needs to systematically change its overall culture. In this course district office leaders will learn how to pinpoint unethical behavior, create a plan for an effective ethics program, and deal with unethical staff/leaders.Back to Top