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Browse the DEFINE, PREPARE, SELECT and SUPPORT pages linked above to learn more about paths toward school leadership and support for principals and assistant principals.

Evaluating, developing and supporting principals and APs in those first critical years of leadership could hardly be more important. CMS provides numerous programs to give school leaders the coaching required to succeed in their new roles.

Principal Induction and Support

Principals receive 3 major levels of support during their first 4 years of service.


Carmen Concepcion, Principal
Charlotte East Language Academy
LEVEL 1 - Basic skills (Years 1 and 2)
First- and second-year principals are matched with a principal mentor who will guide and advise them throughout the year to support a successful transition into school leadership. Principals meet with their principal mentors for bimonthly check-ins and gather with their cohorts for quarterly sessions focused on key topics related to developing effective administrators and increasing student achievement. In their second year, principals participate in a time management program, which is focused on improving student achievement by increasing the amount of time principals can devote toward the role of instructional leader.


LEVEL 2 - Learning about leadership (Year 3)
Principals will attend the Educational Leadership Institute at Queens University. This is a partnership between the Cato School of Education and the McColl School of Business. During this course, principals learn more about different leadership styles and how they apply to running a school.


Mike Miliote, Principal
Jay M. Robinson Middle

LEVEL 3 - Demonstrating leadership (Year 4)
The final level of the principal induction program includes a Capstone Experience offered in partnership with the Center for Intentional Leadership. During this experience, principals take part in a series of conversations that focus on their leadership, explore their visions around education, support them in developing positive school cultures, and enhance their abilities to lead sustained, positive change. 


LEVEL 1 - Basic skills (Year 1)
The CMS Assistant Principal Induction Program supports first-year assistant principals and builds their capacity for leadership. The program follows the principal mentor model used with first- and second-year principals. In this model, first-year assistant principals receive coaching from a veteran assistant principal and meet for quarterly sessions focused on techniques to expand their leadership skills and raise student achievement.

LEVEL 2 - Learning about leadership (Year 2)
In their second year, APs attend a six-day Assistant Principal Academy at Queens University. Led by faculty from the McColl School of Business, participants continue to develop their own leadership style and undestand how to lead from the middle by exercising their own personal authority while upholding the vision of their principal. 

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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