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BIS AP Selected for Aspiring Principal Fellowship

The Louisiana Department of Education is increasing its efforts to help school systems train future principals. Our very own assistant principal, Michael Valentine, will be one of 50 educators from around the state to participate in the 2022-2023 Aspiring Principal Fellowship. This year's class is double the size of last year's group and is made up of educators from 20 different parishes, according to a press release from the Lousiana Department of Education.

"School leadership matters," said State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. "We're dedicated to supporting school systems as they develop current and future school leaders to improve academic outcomes for kids."

The Aspiring Principal Fellowship supports the development of aspiring school leaders across the state. The cohort will meet six times during the school year to explore best practices through conversations with regional experts, school visits, and reflection. Participants will exit the fellowship with a robust leadership portfolio, the guidance of some Louisiana's most successful principals, and a strong network of lifelong colleagues. Fellows will explore the following topics:
- Observation and Feedback Cycles
- Accelerating Learning
- Staffing and Scheduling
- Instructional Leadership Teams
- Teacher Collaboration
- Recruitment and Retention
- School Accountability

Despite the workload, Mr. Valentine is eager for the opportunity to learn how to best serve the families of Bossier Parish.

"I applied to be a part of the Aspiring Principal Fellowship for the opportunity to work with other educators across the state who are looking to grow more as school leaders," Valentine said. "I know that the knowledge that I gain from the facilitators and the other members of the cohort will help me be the best that I can be for the students, faculty, and parents of Benton Intermediate."