Starting the summer of 2014, aspiring leaders in the Berkeley County, West Virginia, school district will no longer have to drive two hours to take the classes that lead to certification as an assistant principal, principal or supervisor. The Graduate School at Hood College has signed an agreement with the 17,000-student district to establish a cohort of 14 to 18 teachers. Together, they will complete one year of coursework followed by year-long internships, finishing certificate requirements by spring 2016.
According to Roger Stenersen, program director, the Berkeley cohort will follow the same delivery model as the one Hood uses for Washington County Public Schools, Maryland. “We’re talking with district leaders and teachers alike to ensure that we successfully transfer the DNA of their education culture to our program. That said, our partnership with every certificate student—no matter where they teach—is the same: to grow them to School Leaders Licensure Assessment standards. SLLA is our program’s conceptual framework. Performance on this benchmark test is a measure of how well we’re preparing our students for leadership.”
Roger said, “In 2013, 99 percent of our students passed the licensure test on the first take. I can count on one hand the number of students who haven’t.”
Hood’s Educational Leadership program has been comprehensively evaluated and nationally accredited according to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education research-based standards for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.