The Commitment

Successful candidates must commit to full participation in the program, including attending all sessions (Summer Kick-off inJuly and monthly sessions September-May) and approximately 2 hours of monthly coaching. Candidates must also demonstrate a strong commitment to Philadelphia and remain as a school or school system leader in Philadelphia for at least two years after program completion.

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Register for an information session to get all the details you need like eligibility, commitment and application deadlines.

Selection Criteria

The selection process identifies principals who are poised to take their instructional leadership skills and their schools’ performance from good to great.

Successful candidates:

  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to Philadelphia schools and students.
  • Reflect, accurately assess own strengths and growth areas, solicit candid feedback, and actively pursue ongoing growth opportunities.
  • Hold self and others accountable for improving student outcomes based on a belief that all children can achieve at high levels.
  • Create a safe, respectful, supportive, and inclusive environment that prepares all students, particularly students in poverty and students of color, to pursue and achieve their life aspirations.
  • Use data to identify and prioritize problems, inform decisions, and implement effective solutions.
  • Facilitate student mastery of standards through data-driven instruction and effective instructional practices.



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