Principal Induction Program
All principals and assistant or vice
principals who are employed for the first time in that capacity in the
Commonwealth on or after January 1, 2008, must complete a Principal's
Induction Program within their first five years of service in that position. The
Induction Program addresses the three core PA leadership standards:
The leader has the knowledge and skills to think and plan
strategically, creating an organizational vision around personalized student
The leader has an understanding of standards-based systems
theory and design and the ability to transfer that knowledge to the leader's
job as the architect of standards-based reform in the school.
The leader has the ability to access and use appropriate data to
inform decision-making at all levels of the system.
The Department's program for
principal induction uses a curriculum that has been developed by the National
Institute for School Leadership (NISL), a division of the National Center for
Education and the Economy (NCEE).*
The Principal Induction Program is
comprised of the following courses which are offered at all eight regional
sites one or more times per year. Participants meet with their cohort group a
total of eight days for Course One and Course Two. Reading and
online work is frequently required to prepare for each unit, and follow-up
job-application activities are embedded in the program.
Course One - World-Class Schooling: Vision and Goals:
Unit 1 - The Educational Challenge
- Unit 2 - Principal as Strategic Thinker
- Unit 3 - Elements of Standards-Aligned Instructional Systems
- Unit 4 - Promoting the Learning Organization
Course Two – Sustaining Transformation through capacity & Commitment:
- Unit 5 - Coaching for High Quality Teaching
- Unit 6 – Teams for Instructional Leadership
- Unit 7 – Ethical Leadership for Equity
- Unit 8 – Driving and Sustaining Transformation*
Two Act 48/PIL CPE
credits (60 hours) will be awarded for the completion of Course One, and two PIL
CPE credits (60 hours) are awarded for Course Two. The courses must be attended in sequential order. Participants must attend all unit sessions to receive credit.
*Please note that the unit structure of NISL Course One & Two has been altered for PA participants to best accommodate the Induction program requirements.
NISL Overview Description (PDF)
All Pa Inspired Leadership Program (PIL) courses are approved to meet the continuing professional education requirements for school and system leaders through the continuing education component of PIL.