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Browse the DEFINE, PREPARE, SELECT and SUPPORT pages linked at the top of this page to learn more about paths toward school leadership and the support principals and APs receive while on the job.

Great school leaders are not born; they're groomed.

Gone are the days when principals and assistant principals acted as pure administrators. School leaders now are more properly defined as chief executives, with all the responsibilities and accountability the position carries.

    Nowhere is the leadership role more significant than in a large urban school district. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has already made great strides in strengthening its school leadership, but we need to ensure a continuous supply of effective leaders.

    In recognition of our efforts, and to strengthen our body of principals and APs, CMS, along with five other large urban districts, received a Wallace Foundation grant of $7.5 million in the fall of 2011.

    The Wallace Foundation funding has been an invaluable stimulus to the ongoing CMS commitment to hiring, retaining and supporting effective leaders. We firmly believe that great leadership combined with great teaching is the key to great student achievement.

Lauren Fowler, Principal
Myers Park Traditional Elementary

Ready to become a CMS leader?

Get Prepared
  • Leaders for Tomorrow at Winthrop University
  • School Executive Leadership Academy at Queens University
  • UNC Charlotte Aspiring High School Principals Program
  • Educational Leadership Programs at Wingate University
Get Selected
  • AP screening and selection
  • Principal screening and selection
Get Supported
  • Consultant coaching
  • Time Management program
  • Education Leadership Institute
  • Innovation Institute
  • Capstone project
  • CMS Assistant Principal Induction
  • Assistant Principal Academy

For information about the screening and selection process,
visit the talent pool page on the CMS website, and if you have further questions,
email us at talentpools .

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