Principals’ Leadership Academy of Arizona
The PLAA supports new and aspiring principals in Arizona as they lead their communities to excellence and prepare their students for success in the 21st century.
Upon completion of AEF’s Principals’ Leadership Academy, principals will have an enhanced understanding and ability to apply professional practice, concepts, and values in learning, leadership, and policy.
History & Overview
PLAA was founded in response to a shared belief by the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF), Argosy University and numerous public school districts in Arizona that aspiring, assistant and 1st & 2nd year principals will benefit from and become stronger leaders of 21st century schools through a leadership training program that includes the following 5 Cs: Cohort, Collegiality, Continuity, Community, and Collaboration. Academy facilitators include University faculty, AEF A+ School of Excellence principals, AEF board members and community experts and leaders. The PLAA participants are mentored by and have direct access to award-winning principals, utilizing them as an ongoing resource at the Academy.
Application and Selection Process
Download the 2012-2013 PLAA application. Applications must be received no later than Friday, August 31, 2012. Cost per participant is $1,000, which includes all texts and necessary materials for the course. Inquire with the Arizona Educational Foundation for possible scholarship opportunities.
Send your (a) application, (b) superintendent’s letter of recommendation, and (c) current resume to:
Arizona Educational Foundation, 6155 E. Indian School Rd., #106, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax to 480-421-9809
Upon completion of the Principals’ Leadership Academy of Arizona, participants will be eligible for six graduate credit hours with concurrent enrollment at Argosy University/Phoenix. Recertification hours will be issued to Academy participants upon completion.
PLAA curriculum is grounded in current research and the ISLLC (Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium) Standards for School Leaders developed by Chief Council of State School Officers. Each participant will complete an A+ School of Excellence application for his/her school during the course of the PLAA as school improvement and self-assessment tools.
Classes and study sessions will focus on an effective educational leader’s ability to:
- facilitate the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community;
- advocate, nurture, and sustain a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth;
- ensure management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment;
- collaborate with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources;
- act with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner;
- understand, respond to, and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.