Year Of Change: Leadership in the Principal's Office

February 25, 2004

Experiences of principals in training

Thirteen/WNET NY’s New York Voices, with support from The Wallace Foundation, continues its year-long coverage of the city’s Leadership Academy with a look at the experiences of three principals-in-training. The second installment of Year of Change: Leadership in the Principal’s Office premieres Friday, February 27, at 10 p.m.

In November, Thirteen introduced viewers to the NYC Leadership Academy, an intensive training program designed to turn aspiring principals into dynamic leaders capable of raising all students to high standards. Now, the series catches up with three participants to explore the progression of the unique program, hailed as the centerpiece of Mayor Bloomberg’s and Chancellor Klein’s plans for a revamped school system.

In this half-hour documentary, New York Voices follows Alexandra, Rafaela and Larry into the second phase of their training, during which they spend four days a week working with mentor principals in city schools, while continuing to meet and work together with members of the Leadership Academy. Viewers will have the chance to look on as the trio tests out what they’ve learned thus far, applying educational theories and role-playing exercises to the realities of the classroom. The three principals-in-training also participate in a weekend training session, during which Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE, engages them in a heated discussion about management, leadership and incentive.

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NEW YORK VOICES is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York. John DeNatale is executive producer, Bob Morris is senior producer and Kate Geis is producer. Jim Epstein and Suzanne Glickstein are associate producers, and Scott Feinstein is editor.