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Leadership Development Program Announced for Missouri Educators

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has partnered with the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) to offer its Executive Development Program to Missouri educators through the Missouri Leadership for Excellence, Achievement and Development (MoLEAD) project.

The NISL’s Executive Development Program emphasizes the role of principals as leaders and strategic thinkers, helping them build the skills necessary to set direction for teachers and to run efficient organizations.

MoLEAD will use the NISL Executive Development Program to train more than 300 educators (superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders, specifically) from nine regions of the state. The ultimate goal is to raise student achievement by offering high-level professional development for those school leaders selected to participate.

According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the MoLEAD curriculum “will focus on instructional leadership with emphasis on new Missouri academic standards and best instructional practices” (source).

Educator training will take place online and in face-to-face sessions, combining hands-on experiences with mentoring opportunities. The first group of participants began the MoLEAD program in January and will complete the program in July.

MoLEAD is just one more way that the state of Missouri is working toward achieving a “Top 10 by 20” status; ranking in the top 10 performing states in the country in public education by the year 2020. (Part of the Top 10 by 20 initiative is to prepare, develop, and support effective educators.)

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