ARLINGTON - The Fort Worth Independent School District will "grow" its own school principals through the FWISD Leadership Academy's Aspiring Principals Program.
This program is a collaboration between FWISD and The University of Texas at Arlington.
The Aspiring Principals Program is being funded by a five year $3.5 million federal grant. Cohorts of 12-15 participants will begin classes in the summer of 2009 to learn the "Fort Worth Way." Successful completion will result in a Master of Education with a Principal certification.
"This is a program to motivate leaders who are candidates for principal or assistant principal positions," Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Melody Johnson said. "School leaders that are educated in how we operate on a daily basis will allow them to concentrate more on educating our children."
Candidates must be committed to working within the FWISD for the next five years, be committed to eliminating the achievement gap and be infused with professional resilience.
"The selection process will be comprehensive," said Sammy Monge, executive director of district leadership and support. "So, it is very important that anyone who is interested attend our informational sessions to learn all about this opportunity."
Dr. Jeanne Gerlach, dean in the UT Arlington College of Education, said, "My colleagues and I are looking forward to being part of this exciting, collaborative effort which will prepare new administrators for Fort Worth Schools. The College of Education at UT Arlington and Fort Worth ISD have worked as partners in preparing administrators for over a decade. Thus, this new venture will be new and innovative, but our partnership is long and solid."
Dr. Mike West, the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center's executive director, said the partnership fits in exactly with why the center was established.
"This program allows working professionals to reach higher levels of responsibility in their careers," Dr. West said. "We want to be the public higher education choice for Fort Worth."
The first information session will be 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at UT Arlington's Fort Worth Center. A second session will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.