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Aspiring Principals Academy
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  • We believe that skilled and passionate school leadership is the key to educational equality and school transformation.
  • Transforming school leadership is one of CMSD’s key reform strategies. Strong instructional leaders in every school will help deliver on our mission to prepare every child for college and a career.
  • CMSD’s Aspiring Principal Academy seeks visionary, entrepreneurial, passionate leaders who are eager to assume principal roles and dramatically increase outcomes and opportunities for CMSD students, families, and schools.
  • The CMSD, in partnership with the NYC Leadership Academy, has designed an innovative, standards-based Aspiring Principal Academy that will prepare future principals to transform under-performing schools in Cleveland. A small, very selective cohort will advance their skills in change management and instructional leadership through intensive experiential and problem-based learning over 12 months.


The CMSD Aspiring Principals Program (APP) has three distinct phases.

Phase one:
A five-week Summer Intensive engages participants in a standards-based curriculum that simulates the actual challenges of a Cleveland Metropolitan School District principal.  The anticipated start date of the Summer Intensive is June 26, 2017 (subject to change).

Phase two:
Participant serve an eleven-month, school-based residency under the mentorship of an experienced CMSD principal.

Phase three:
Participants spend the summer transitioning successfully into school leadership positions. New principals are supported by a coach during their first year.


  • It’s innovative. The program is uniquely focused on preparing transformational leaders for urban schools. Participants have the opportunity to make an immediate impact during a year-long residency.
  • It’s rigorous. Participants are held to the highest standards for selection and performance. High expectations are coupled with ongoing assessment and individualized support.
  • It’s practical and comprehensive. Participants develop high-level skills through experiential and integrated learning grounded in transformational and instructional leadership. 
  • It’s collaborative. Participants develop rich, enduring professional relationships with other future school leaders in their small, select cohort, while also building strong relationships with mentor principals and coaches.
  • It’s reflective. Participants become reflective about their personal leadership and consistently seek feedback in order to grow and have impact.
  • 12-month program, with salary and benefits, begins June 26, 2017 (subject to change)
  • 1-year paid principal residency ($75,000)
  • Eligible to earn an Ohio Alternative Principal License
  • Five-year service commitment to CMSD (includes Residency year)


APP participants are evaluated on a pass-fail basis. They must meet rigorous performance standards to progress to each successive program phase. Graduates commit to serving the CMSD public schools for a minimum of five years. The program is led by principals and principal supervisors trained in our unique, hands-on approach to school leadership development.



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