Project Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Underserved Schools

Project Accelerated Preparation of Leaders for Undeserved Schools (APLUS) is building instructional capacity to impact diverse learners through a three-year, $13.7 million project funded by the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant Program.

The project incorporates multiple innovative approaches to developing school leaders, including opportunities for: 

  • Earning an online master’s degree in Educational Administration,
  • Virtual mentoring and coaching,
  • Professional learning environments & communities, and
  • A Summer Leadership Institute.

Project APLUS, which involves research, investigates the efficacy of different types of principal/school leader residency programs.

Project Goals

  • Providing opportunities for 100 in-service school leader candidates to earn a master’s degree and advanced certification for leading the education of English learners (ELs) and low-income students;
  • Preparing 1,800 in-service school leaders for building instructional capacity at the campus level in the education of ELs and low-income students;
  • Training 100 practicing principals in building instructional capacity at the campus level in the education of ELs and low-income students;
  • Preparing 200 practicing principals and school leaders (campus leadership teams) for building instructional capacity at the campus level in the education of ELs and low-income students through a Summer Leadership Institute over two summers; and
  • Preparing 120 practicing principals and school leaders for building instructional capacity at the campus level in the education of ELs and low-income students through a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with a School Enhancement/Turnaround Intensive Leadership Professional Development Intervention over three years.

The project is expected to serve 2,320 Texas principals and school leaders.

Contact

Laura Cajio-Wingenbach

Laura Cajio-Wingenbach

Lead Coordinator