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Summer Principals Academy NOLA
Teachers College, Columbia University
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New School Design Project

The New School Design Project (NSDP) showcases the efforts that candidates have made over 14 months in the Summer Principals Academy.  Serving as the capstone project, candidates integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed while preparing for leadership service in schools across the nation.  Candidates’ preparation has focused on four main knowledge and practice domains:

(1) Leadership,

(2) Management,

(3) Adult Development of Staff and Teachers, and

(4) K-12 Pedagogy and Instructional Strategy. 

The leadership teams are challenged to design a new school that reflects these domains of knowledge, skill, and habits of mind and is relevant to the challenges faced by children seeking a 21st century education in an urban school setting.

The event offers the larger educational community of leaders the opportunity to share their insights and expertise regarding how to close achievement gaps effectively through the design of innovative and high-performing schools.  Cohort members are organized into small groups based on similar interests and ideas and work throughout their second summer to present the new school design before an audience of critical friends.