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Leadership academy prepares new principals

 


A new group of principals who recently completed the Pittsburgh School District's Pittsburgh Emerging Leadership Academy (PELA) were approved to take the lead at four schools.

The Pittsburgh Board of Education approved the assignments at its recent Legislative Meeting. PELA is a component of the district's Pittsburgh Urban Leadership System for Excellence (PULSE) accountability system designed to recruit, train, support, evaluate and compensate principals. PELA residents complete a year-long residency alongside current principals.

In 2008-09, the first year of implementation for PELA, schools led by principals who graduated from the PELA program saw increases in reading proficiency that exceeded district increases in six of the seven grades tested. Additionally, increases in mathematics proficiency at schools led by PELA principals exceeded the district increases in five of the seven grades tested.

For the 2008-09 school year, PELA principals were placed at Pittsburgh Arsenal K-5, Pittsburgh Peabody High School, Pittsburgh Schiller 6-8, Pittsburgh Rooney 6-8 and Pittsburgh West Liberty K-5. For the 2009-10 school year, an additional four PELA graduates took the lead as principals at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Pittsburgh Langley High School, Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-5 and Pittsburgh Westinghouse High School.

Each PELA resident is assigned a civic mentor who guides residents on how to engage the community in what's happening in their school buildings. PELA residents that have been assigned to principal positions for the 2010-11 school year are listed below along with information on where they completed their PELA residencies. All PELA residents will begin their new positions July 1.

PELA Resident    Residency Site    Principal Assignment for 10-11

Deonne Arrington Pittsburgh Colfax Pittsburgh Lincoln K-8

Leah-Rae Bivins Pittsburgh Schaeffer Pittsburgh Faison Primary

Shana Nelson Pittsburgh Allegheny Principal on Special Assignment Pittsburgh King

Melissa Wagner Pittsburgh Roosevelt Pittsburgh Minadeo PreK-5

Additionally the Board approved the reassignments, effective July 1st, of the following principals to new schools for the 2010-11 school year:

Administrator    Current Assignment    Principal Assignment 10-11

Dr. Shemeca Crenshaw Principal, Pittsburgh Vann Pittsburgh Weil PreK-8

Glory Getty Principal, Pittsburgh Minadeo Pittsburgh Fort Pitt K-5

Mark McClinchie Principal, Pittsburgh Weil Pittsburgh Arlington PreK-8

Jennifer Mikula Principal, Pittsburgh Rooney Pittsburgh King ALA

 

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