Quality-Plus Leader Academy: The Residency Experience

Quality-Plus Leader Academy: The Residency Experience

Most leadership development models are based solely on classroom learning. Gwinnett’s Quality-Plus Leader Academy Aspiring Principal Program differs in that it features a residency experience that provides Academy members the opportunity to work alongside proven principals.

Residency Model: The residency model consists of two 25-day periods. Academy members have the opportunity to participate in two flexibly scheduled residencies with an experienced principal serving as a mentor. The Academy member may choose the level for each residency— all at one level or a residency in two of the three levels (elementary, middle, or high school).

Individualized Residency Plan (IRP): Individualized Residency Plans are submitted by each Academy member with the assistance of a facilitator coach, a current principal, and a mentor principal. IRPs include detailed information outlining specific residency goals, targeted areas of growth, a detailed rationale, requested location, implementation plan, and measurable results. Interstate School Leaders Licensing Consortium Standards are given to each resident as a resource and used in creating the IRP.

Team of Support: Quality-Plus Leader Academy Aspiring Principal Program members are provided with a team of experienced school leaders for guidance
and expertise. The support team includes the current principal, a mentor principal, and a facilitator coach, who meet collaboratively with the Academy member throughout the residency.

Reflective Practice: A residency reflection is submitted at the completion of each 25-day residency experience by the mentor principal, the facilitator coach, and the resident