Step Up offering leadership course for private school leaders and aspiring leaders

By ROGER MOONEY

Step Up For Students Office of Student Learning is offering the Choice Leader of Excellence Certification program to partner private school leaders and aspiring leaders across Florida.

The online course is run in partnership with BloomBoard, the leading platform for enabling education advancement using micro-credentials.

The program begins Sept. 16 and runs until March 1, 2021.

Each micro-credential, according to BloomBoard, defines a specific goal or purpose; proven growth in practice and competence in each skill, and recognition for that growth through a digital certification for the skill.

“Despite most school leaders’ desire for opportunities to hone their craft and improve key practices for teaching and learning, they simply do not have the time to research and create their own professional growth experiences,” said Carol Macedonia, vice president of the Office of Student Learning at Step Up for Students. “Through this new certification program, Step Up For Students is committed to providing school leaders with personalized, job-embedded professional learning that is tailored to the culture of private education settings and results in a change of practice, not just learning.”

Participants have 18 months to earn eight micro-credentials – six required and two electives – that are designed to foster professional growth and forward thinking for school leaders. To earn a micro-credential, participants must demonstrate competency in specific areas. A certificate is awarded upon earning the eight micro-credentials.

“Step Up for Students believes that the Choice Leader of Excellence Certification Program is an important vehicle by which we can help administrators improve and refine their practice and elevate the impact their school has on the lives of their students,” said Jamie Onorato, Step Up For Students’ Office of Student Learning coordinator.

The required micro-credentials are:

  • Guiding schoolwide positive student conduct.
  • Engaging families in support of student learning.
  • Selecting and facilitating use of common instructional strategies.
  • Adopting a systems approach to school improvement.
  • Developing distributive leadership teams in support of academic success.
  • Your choice: Mission, vision, values.

Participants choose two of the following electives:

  • Equity and cultural responsiveness.
  • Promoting professional learning for continuous improvement.
  • Operations and management.

The benefits of completing this program are school distinction (a searchable filter on Step Up For Students’ ‘Find a School’ tool), board leverage (ability to demonstrate competency as a school leader) and leadership building.

“School leaders have a significant influence on student learning and it’s imperative that we provide them with professional learning opportunities that are personalized to their individual needs,” BloomBoard CEO Sanford Kenyon said. “We’re excited to partner with Step Up for Students to offer private school leaders around the state an opportunity to build capacity while gaining opportunities for incentives and advancement.”

Registration, which closes Aug. 26, is $695. There is a $100 reimbursement upon completion. Payment plans are available.

For more information, contact Onorato at jonorato@sufs.org or 904-616-7765.

Roger Mooney, marketing communications manager, can be reached at rmooney@sufs.org

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