Director of the Center,
Naomi Price Hentz
Distinguished Professor of Education
The primary mission of the Center for Leadership in Education (CLE) is to develop leadership capacity in schools and across school systems in the state of Maryland and surrounding regions.
Primary Program Areas
To accomplish its mission, the CLE will focus its resources on three primary program areas:
Leadership training and development, which serves individuals in the profession;
Leadership system support, which serves schools, school systems, and other educational and governmental organizations;
research, analysis and dissemination, which serves the educational
Goals of the CLE
three program areas which form the focus for CLE pursuits are supported by four
expand and develop leadership capacity in schools and school systems across
To provide training programs and support services necessary to enable schools systems to become true learning organizations
To collaborate with other organizations and institutions in a compact for the strengthening of educational leadership on a pre-K-16 basis across the state
expand knowledge and understanding of educational leadership practice which
assures excellence in teaching and learning for every student, in every
in every school, and in every school system of the state
Current and Developing Program Areas
Women in Leadership: This program will address the unique needs and talents of women in leadership positions or aspiring to move into such positions.
Assistant Principals’ Summer Leadership Institute: This inaugural program, launched in June, 2000, focuses on the development of these individuals as emerging leaders who are the next generation of leadership at the school and system levels.
Teacher Leadership Program: Preliminary plans are underway for joint sponsorship of this program with the Maryland State Teachers Association. This program recognizes that teachers perform numerous leadership functions—both in and out of the classroom—every day of their professional career. Yet with the exception of those who are pursuing an administrative role, teachers receive little or no formal training in leadership skills and understandings. Teachers, along with the principal, are the key to building leadership capacity within schools.
School Board Leadership Institutes: This program will be jointly sponsored with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education and will assist local Boards of Education in developing the skills and insights necessary to implement the Work of School Boards model developed by the National School Boards Association.
Leadership Support Development Program: This program targets the leadership development needs of the group of school system employees typically designated as “School Business Officials,” although that nomenclature is hardly descriptive. While they have typically received considerable attention to their technical training needs, leadership skill development has been relegated to on-the-job experience, if at all. This program is being developed in cooperation with the MD/DC Association of School Business Officials.
While only in the early planning stages, this program will build on
initial efforts of the Maryland Technology Academy to develop technology
understanding and skills on the part of school administrators to enable them
to capitalize on the greatly enhanced skills of their teachers who have
participated as Fellows in the Maryland Technology Academy.
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