CCPS one of four school divisions nationally selected for Bush Institute School Leadership District Cohort

Chesterfield County Public Schools has been selected to participate in the George W. Bush Institute’s School Leadership District Cohort, a professional learning community consisting of four selected school divisions across the U.S.

The four school divisions will work collaboratively with the Bush Institute’s Education Reform team to implement the organization’s Principal Talent Management Framework. The framework was published in 2016 as a part of the School Leadership Initiative, formerly known as The Alliance to Reform Leadership (AREL).

“We are thrilled to be selected to participate in the Bush Institute District Cohort,” School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi said. “We know the importance of developing and retaining strong leaders, and we look forward to the insight and knowledge we’ll gain from being a part of this cohort.”

In addition to Chesterfield County Public Schools, these school divisions also were selected to participate: Austin Independent School District (Austin, TX), Fort Worth Independent School District (Fort Worth, TX) and Granite School District (Salt Lake City, UT).

The Principal Talent Management Framework is an evidence-based pathway for school divisions to attract, develop and retain high-quality principals. The framework represents a distillation of the best research available on principal talent management strategies.

During a three-year period, the Bush Institute will work with participating districts to identify their individual needs related to each framework component and build district-level capacity accordingly. The Bush Institute will also provide expert coaching, access to tools and resources and other support to the district professional learning community. Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Ann Clark and Denver Public Schools’ Mikel Royal will bring their expertise and experience as district advisors to the project.

“We have chosen four school districts that understand how critical school leadership is to improving student outcomes,” said Eva Chiang, Deputy Director of Education Reform at the Bush Institute. “We are eager to use our research to help these school districts improve their policies and practices for preparing, supporting and retaining the best principals.”

“Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to developing strong school-based leaders, understanding the impact that high-quality principals have on school climate and student achievement,” Chesterfield Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “Being selected to participate in the Bush Institute’s School Leadership District Cohort is an honor, and we welcome the opportunity to learn new best practices and apply these policies and principles to our school division.”

For more information on the School Leadership Initiative and the District Cohort, visit http://www.bushcenter.org/schoolleadership.