Partnership Aims to Develop Aspiring APs

February 2010
Volume 43, Number 6

Partnership Aims to Develop Aspiring APs


The NYC Department of Education is
partnering with Bank Street College,
Brooklyn College, and the Council of
School Supervisors and Administrators to
provide an innovative, tuition-assisted program
to develop aspiring Assistant
Principals for low performing NYC public

This collaboration – the Federal
Education Leadership Fellows Program –
combines aspects of a traditional university
certification program with a new interactive,
online curriculum based on real
challenges that NYC school leaders face.
The Fellows Program, supported by the US
Department of Education, will develop
and equip the next generation of school
leaders to ensure that all NYC public
school students receive a quality education.

Tracy Breslin, Director of School
Leadership Development for the DOE, is
enthusiastic about the curriculum, which
is based on the newly developed School
Leadership Competencies. “The DOE is
excited to partner with the CSA, Bank
Street, and Brooklyn College to prepare
aspiring school leaders,” she said. “By
developing innovative online learning
opportunities and incorporating these into
each institution’s program, we will help
participants develop essential School
Leadership Competencies that prepare
them – and the students and staff they
will eventually lead – for success.”

Both Bank Street College and Brooklyn
College are accepting students for the next
cohort that begins in the fall. Kenneth
Grover, the Director of Bank Street’s
Principals Institute, sees the Fellows
Program as “an incredible opportunity to
develop a series of tools for beginning
school leaders in a very supportive and
collaborative environment.”

Post-graduate mentoring is another key
element in the Program’s plan. That part
of the initiative is headed by the Executive
Leadership Institute, CSA’s professional
development branch. Said Ada Dolch,
ELI’s Executive Director: “How extraordinary
to be at the curriculum design table
… to make certain that the learning that
is taking place is specific to the actual work
of a school leader in NYC. In addition, the
mentoring aspect of the program will provide
each participant with an opportunity
to demonstrate … how they are putting
into action” what is learned in class.

For an application and information

Bank Street College website at or the

Brooklyn College website at

Brooklyn College’s David Bloomfield is a
Professor of Educational Leadership, Law and
Policy and Program Head of the Master’s
Program in Educational Leadership.


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