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Summer Principals Academy
The Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership
Welcome to the Summer Principals Academy NYC
The Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University is a transformative graduate program that is committed to promoting equity and excellence in education and overcoming the gap in educational access and achievement between the most and least advantaged groups in this country. To achieve this goal, our aspiring school leaders are encouraged to construct transforming possibilities for student learning, school improvement, social equity, and opportunity. While some principal preparation programs are content to prepare school leaders to perpetuate schools as they currently exist, SPA strives to prepare leaders to create the innovative schools that our nation and world need.
Through the Summer Principals Academy, aspiring school leaders are encouraged to construct transforming possibilities for student learning, school improvement, social equity, and opportunity. Leadership development is fostered through an integrated set of experiences that include sound theoretical and "best practice" knowledge, problem-based coursework and field-based experiences, including an intensive and extended internship. Aspiring school leaders pursue coursework and skill development over two consecutive summers and undertake site-based research projects and internships at their schools of employment during the intervening year.
The best academic programs support such emergence by providing a rich, complex and adaptive learning environments. The Summer Principals Academy provides exactly that kind of environment providing respect for, and encouragement of cohort participants as they seek to become the best leaders they can be.