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On December 5th and 6th, the George W. Bush Institute will convene representatives from nationally recognized principal preparation programs to improve aspiring principal residencies throughout the country. The convening will be led in collaboration with NYC Leadership Academy, one of 28 innovatively designed principal preparation programs that compose the Bush Institute’s AREL Network.

The last meeting in a series, the two-day convening will engage leaders in education to inform the Bush Institute’s upcoming Residency Design Initiative – a collaboration between the Bush Institute’s AREL and NYC Leadership Academy. The groundbreaking project will ultimately produce a report that provides models for principal preparation programs to design their aspiring principal residencies. 

“Residency provides aspiring principals time to apply and refine the skills they’ve learned on a campus leadership team.  This provides the opportunity to connect theory and classroom instruction with practice in an authentic setting,” said AREL Program Director Dr. Kerry Ann Moll. “Better defining the key components of a residency experience is critical to improving principal preparation across the country.”

Similar to the importance of medical residencies, a well-designed residency experience is critical to graduating school leaders capable of improving student achievement.  This is especially important as expectations for principals, teachers and students continue to increase.

Because every child deserves an excellent principal, AREL shapes its ideas and actions around its mission of ensuring there is an effective principal, able to significantly advance student achievement, at the helm of every school. Preparation for aspiring principals, including the residency, is critical to this mission.

The convening can be followed using #ARELConvenes.

About the George W. Bush Institute:

The George W. Bush Institute advances freedom through education reform, global health, human freedom and economic growth. In all its programming, the Institute integrates initiatives that empower women and military service personnel. The Bush Institute is the policy arm of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes the Presidential library, located on the campus of SMU in Dallas. For more information, visit www.BushCenter.org, Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheBushCenter) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/TheBushCenter).

About the Alliance to Reform Education Leadership (AREL):

Rooted in President and Mrs. Bush’s belief that “excellent schools must first have excellent leaders,” the Bush Institute developed the Alliance to Reform Education Leadership (AREL) to dramatically improve the way our Nation’s principals are prepared and supported.  AREL is the Bush Institute’s flagship program which signifies that school leaders are critical in the lives of our children. Because every child deserves an excellent principal, AREL shapes its ideas and actions around its mission of ensuring there is an effective principal, able to significantly advance student achievement, at the helm of every school. 

The Bush Institute’s AREL convenes its Network of innovatively designed principal preparation programs, spotlights highly effective principals and the organizations that develop them, and influences policy that supports quality school leadership. AREL’s Network is composed of 28 principal preparation programs, spanning 15 states and the District of Columbia - including universities, nonprofits, charter management organizations, district partnerships and state-wide efforts. 

About NYC Leadership Academy

NYC Leadership Academy brings a decade of experience preparation aspiring New York City principals to lead underperforming schools, and research confirms that its graduates are more effective than comparison principals at leading increases in student achievement.