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 About the Aspire Emerging  Leadership Program

The 2017-2018 Aspire Emerging Leadership Program (AELP) is designed to give teachers, deans, instructional coaches and other interested applicants who have three or more successful years of teaching at the k-12 school level a strong, year-long leadership experience. Participants will learn the transition from their current role to school leader through the following activities:

  • Monthly virtual/phone check-in/ or school visits with Dean of Principal Leadership and Residency (DPR)
  • Monthly webinars
  • Two Friday evening/Saturday cohort trainings
  • Research Readings
  • Video study
  • A capstone project
  • Regional cohort/partner engagement

There is no stipend pay for participating in this program. This program is offered to support a participant’s growth in school leadership and is part of the Aspire school leadership pipeline. Successful participants are encouraged to apply to the APLR program the following year.

AELP Locations:

Aspire is a national organization with schools in California and Tennessee.  Residency opportunities in the following locations:

  • California – Bay Area (Oakland, East Palo Alto)
  • California – Central Valley (Modesto, Sacramento, Stockton)
  • California – Los Angeles (Huntington Park, South Gate, South Los Angeles)
  • Tennessee – Memphis

Criteria to Apply:

1) The AELP Program looks for candidates who display the following competencies:

  • Instructional Knowledge:  Exhibits expertise in effective teaching, including curriculum standards, curriculum design and learning theory.
  • Data:  Uses data to increase student achievement.
  • Ownership:  Consistently holds self and others accountable for results, actions and decisions.
  • Collaboration:  Develops strong relationships with colleagues and works from a "one for all, all for one" premise in order to accomplish more together than what is possible alone.
  • Purposefulness:  Understands, embraces and consistently takes deliberate action to achieve Aspire's vision and mission. This includes long term goal setting, backwards mapping from the goal(s) and taking steps along the path toward the goal(s).
  • Customer Service:  Empathetically understands the needs and desires of the students and the families we serve.
  • Beliefs:  Believes all students can achieve at high levels.

2) Minimum educational level:

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Teaching Credential preferred
  • NCLB Highly Qualified preferred

3) Experience Required:

  • 3+ years working with urban students as a full-time K-12 teacher preferred
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