Wichita Public Schools Leadership Development Pathways
Aspiring Building Leader
The WPS Aspiring Leader Program will provide a semester long learning opportunity that supports a pool of highly qualified and well-trained instructional and relational leaders that stand ready to apply for consideration for future building leader vacancies.
Building Administrative Intern
A select number of Aspiring Building Leaders who do not obtain a building level administrator role may be chosen to serve in the role of Administrative Intern. This year-long internship will provide opportunities for on the job learning and application so the candidate may be more prepared for the building administration role.
First Year Assistant Principal Learning Academy
The First Year APLA is structured to provide first year assistant principals with core competencies required of a building leader around culture, leadership, systems and instruction. Mentoring from an established Assistant Principal and feedback from members of the Elementary and Secondary offices are key elements of this year long professional learning.
Assistant Principal Learning Academy
The WPS APLA provides all assistant principals year long, monthly professional development with members of the Superintendent’s cabinet. This professional learning is aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (PSELs) and our Wichita Public Schools Strategic Plan.
Preparing New Principals Academy
Preparing New Principals is designed to provide identified leaders with a more detailed view of the principalship. Sessions will include a core focus on instructional leadership, human capital management, culture & equity, organizational systems and financial capital management. Participants will create an entry plan to aide in the successful beginning to their tenure as principal. The Professional Standards for Education Leaders and Marzano Leadership Evaluation will be used to provide feedback to participants related to their entry plan.
First Year Principal Learning Academy
The First Year PLA is structured to provide first year principals with differentiated learning that is required of a building leader through their new lens as a building principal. There will be an additional focus on leadership and systems in this professional learning strand. First year principals will receive mentoring from an established principal as well as feedback and evaluation from our central office.
Principal Learning Academy
The WPS PLA provides all principals year long, monthly meetings with members of the Superintendent’s cabinet. Professional learning is aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership and the WPS Strategic Plan.