The goal of this professional study is to identify and cultivate a cadre of educators who have the potential for success as leaders. During the course, active administrators and administrative certificate holders will collaborate to develop locally-delivered professional development opportunities that have multiple benefits for districts, schools, leaders, novice administrators, and students. After examining the expectations and emerging roles for future-ready leaders, participants will collaboratively plan and distribute opportunities for aspiring administrators to practice and further develop their nascent leadership skills in roles as committee chairs, peer reviewers. The goal of these efforts is to produce a pipeline of continuously-emerging leaders that are well-prepared to transform and lead schools where future-ready student preparation for college and/or career-readiness is the primary objective. 

Participants will consider strategies, rationale and benefits for establishing strong and mutually beneficial community partnerships among schools, students, parents, community organizations, business and public policy makers. Communication techniques, including social media, are investigated. The course culminates in the completion of a comprehensive plan for communicating with stakeholders, especially around the topic of student and school progress.

In recent surveys, school leaders indicated that there is a need for professional study opportunities focused on bullying and establishing school prevention programs. With statistics showing that 17% of U.S. students report having been bullied at school and 85% reporting that there was no intervention, the time for schools to take action is now.
The purpose of this professional study is to introduce school leaders to available online resources that will help define bullying, identify types of bullying, typical roles of bullies, and help identify potential victims. The course will begin by exploring Alabama's anti-harassment laws and Anti-Bullying website. Leaders will explore additional websites, read articles, watch video segments, participate in webinars, and discuss ideas with fellow educators in online forums. A facilitator will be available to guide the weekly sessions and monitor the forums.