Maryland State Department of Education

Maryland State Department of Education

Great Principals for Maryland: A sub program of the Maryland Race to the Top Grant. Chronically high poverty, high minority, low-performing schools have become a fundamental issue in national, state, and local education policy, strongly influencing state school improvement efforts and accountability systems. As schools struggle to meet the needs of all student in an increasingly shrinking global society, new and innovative solutions need to be developed and implemented. The Lower Eastern Shore School Leadership Institute is designed to equip Principals in Dorchester, Somerset, Talbott, Wicomico, and Worcester county schools to meet the challenges of 21st Century schools. Drawing on the school leadership work of Marx (Marx, 2006a; Marx, 2006b) and Marzano (Marzano, Waters, and McNulty, 2005), the Institute will create an environment where current and aspiring school leaders can prepare today’s schools for the realities of tomorrow’s world. Further, the institute is committed to assisting principals in guiding their schools to close the achievement gap. The Lower Eastern Shore School Leadership Institute has four components that will be integrated into a comprehensive program: Traditional graduate level course work; professional development; individual mentoring; and the development of an individual action plan and school plan for improvement. By partnering with the five county school systems and private providers such as New Leaders for New Schools and Gallup Education, Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will work with the Institute to develop tomorrow’s school leaders. Funded for $1,010,000