Governor's School Leadership Academy

In partnership with the Chief Turnaround Office and Gwinnett County Public Schools, the Governor's School Leadership Academy (GSLA) supports current and aspiring principals across Georgia to increase the impact of school leaders on behalf of students and communities. 

Current Principal Cohort

The GSLA Principal Cohort is designed to support sitting principals in managing the change process to achieve transformational school-level improvement. Principal participants join a rich cohort-based experience that provides job-embedded opportunities for participants to apply lessons learned to their unique school turnaround contexts. During the 2018-2019 year, principal participants engage in assignments to practice data-driven decision-making, develop their cultural competence as leaders, and sharpen their instructional leadership skills. Participants develop their leadership strengths while also expanding their network of support.

2018-2019 Yearlong Training and Support Overview

  • Three-day (July 19-July 21, 2018) in-person group training session to build key relationships with fellow principals in the GSLA cohort and begin critical coursework that frames the year-long learning experience.
  • A combination of monthly virtual and in-person meetings (in-person cohort sessions will be held in different locations across the state).
  • One-on-one coaching with a leadership coach throughout the year to maximize strengths.
  • Stipend of $4,500-$5,500 (exact amount will be communicated prior to July 15, 2018*) and a travel allowance.

*To receive the stipend, principal participants are expected to attend and actively engage in 100% of programming, proactively seek feedback, complete the assigned coursework for each of the sessions, and actively participate in the ongoing coaching provided through the GSLA.

 

Aspiring Principal Cohort

The GSLA Aspiring Principal Cohort is designed to identify, prepare, and support school leaders as they prepare to become transformational principals. Aspiring principals join a rich cohort-based experience that will provide context and skill development for the challenges a principal would face in the first year of practice. Designed for educators who are ready to take on new leadership challenges, aspiring principals engage in cohort learning and simulation activities and will complete assignments to practice data-driven decision-making, develop their cultural competence as leaders, and sharpen their instructional leadership skills. Participants develop their leadership strengths while expanding their network of support. The goal of the GSLA Aspiring Principal Cohort is to increase the success of first-year principals in Georgia and impact the students and communities they serve.

Application Eligibility

School leaders at all levels who aspire to become a principal should apply. The GSLA is looking for future principals who want to become transformational leaders for Georgia schools. Current assistant principals, instructional coaches, counselors, or teacher leaders are eligible to apply.

2018-2019 Yearlong Training and Support Overview

  • Three-day (August 22-August 24, 2018) in-person group training session to build key relationships with fellow leaders in the cohort and begin critical coursework that frames the year-long learning experience.
  • A combination of monthly virtual and in-person meetings (in-person cohort sessions will be held in different locations across the state).
  • Job-embedded leadership simulations and activities to develop skills in real-world applications.
  • One-on-one coaching with a leadership coach throughout the year to maximize strengths.
  • Stipend of $4,500-$5,500 (exact amount will be communicated prior to July 15, 2018*) and a travel allowance.

*To receive the stipend, aspiring principals are expected to attend and actively engage in 100% of programming, proactively seek feedback, complete the assigned coursework for each of the sessions, and actively participate in ongoing coaching provided through the GSLA.