Albany State University (ASU) to honor Calhoun County School System, Pelham City Schools, Dougherty County School System, Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GA) Quality-Plus Leader Academy, and NYC Leadership Academy
The ASU University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI) partners help to redesign the educational leadership program
ALBANY, Ga. – Albany State University (ASU) will recognize the Calhoun County School System, Pelham City Schools, Dougherty County School System, Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC), Gwinnett County Public Schools (GA) Quality-Plus Leader Academy, and NYC Leadership Academy for their valuable contributions to the University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI) supported by The Wallace Foundation.
Since October 2016, representatives from each school district, three state education agencies (GaPSC, Georgia Department of Education, and the University System of Georgia), and partner providers have worked collaboratively with administrators and faculty at ASU to develop an innovative principal preparation program that meets the needs of local school districts and sets the national pace. In 2016, The Wallace Foundation awarded ASU and its three district partners, its state partner (GaPSC), and its exemplary partner providers a $5.5-million grant over 4-year period to design a model program that will prepare exceptional educational leaders for southwest Georgia and beyond.
Representatives have participated in various activities associated with the grant, including monthly professional learning community meetings, specialized training sessions, and national meetings with The Wallace Foundation officials. The UPPI is currently in its second year.
“While the first year was dedicated to developing partnerships, aligning Georgia educational leadership standards to national leader standards, and revising the curriculum; clinical practice will be the primary focus for year two,” said Janis Carthon, project director and associate professor in the College of Education.
ASU UPPI Partners will be presented with a congratulatory plaque on the dates and times listed below.
- Calhoun County School System, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m., 31 Court St., Morgan, GA 39866
- Pelham City Schools, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m., 203 Mathewson Avenue, Pelham, GA 31779
- Dougherty County School System, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m., Board Room, 200 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA 31701
Plaques will be presented to the GaPSC representing the three state education agencies, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GA) Quality-Plus Leader Academy, and NYC Leadership Academy in the near future.
Albany State was one of seven universities selected by The Wallace Foundation in the nation to receive funding in 2016 for the initiative. ASU was also the only college or university selected from the State of Georgia. Other recipients include Florida Atlantic University, North Carolina State University, San Diego State University (California), the University of Connecticut, Virginia State University and Western Kentucky University.