Warner School, Rochester City School District Partner for Urban School Leadership Program

Rochester City School District logoThe University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and the Rochester City School District (RCSD) have launched a two-year certification program to prepare urban school leaders. The collaboratively designed Clinically Rich Urban School Leadership Program will equip candidates to provide focused instructional leadership that is tailored to the city’s urban setting.
The new program, a 27-credit-hour Advanced Certificate leading to New York State Certification in School Building and District Leadership, will allow K-12 teachers in the RCSD to earn a K-12 administrative certification over two years, part-time, while holding a full-time teaching position.
“We are pleased to partner with the University of Rochester’s Warner School to offer this opportunity to our teachers,” says city schools interim Superintendent Bolgen Vargas. “We know that strong school leadership is essential in improving our schools.”
Over the next few weeks, scholarships will be awarded to 12 qualified teachers who are interested in planning for a career as an instructional leader. These scholarships will cover 55 percent of tuition costs for qualified teachers.
Mary Rapp“This partnership provides a unique opportunity for Rochester city school teachers to work directly with both successful RCSD administrators and University faculty as they learn how to effectively inspire and sustain positive change,” says Mary Rapp, who directs the K-12 school leadership preparation program at the Warner School. “In addition, the program’s interns will work for two summers under the supervision of practicing administrators on authentic tasks that the District can include in its planning processes. This collaboration will benefit RCSD teachers as they participate meaningfully in important, ongoing projects, and it will benefit the District by providing 12 sets of committed hearts and hands to assist in school improvement projects.”
Clinical experiences will serve as the core of the program that begins with a mentorship facilitated by a team of RCSD administrators and University faculty. As part of the mentorship, students’ classroom projects will be considered within specific Rochester contexts, allowing students to work with current data, problems, and issues within their community.
The program coursework, developed and delivered by Warner faculty members who are recognized nationally for scholarship in teaching and educational leadership, will prepare urban school leaders who have the knowledge, tools, and experiences necessary to provide leadership in their schools and to both support and challenge school faculty as they improve their practice. Coursework will integrate curricular and instructional leadership; strategic planning; financial, material, and human resource management; law and legal issues; organizational design; and data-based school improvement plans.
The inaugural cohort begins May 2012, allowing students to complete the program by summer 2014. Qualifying applicants include tenured RCSD teachers who hold a master’s degree and permanent or professional certification in classroom teaching or pupil personnel service.
For more information about the Clinically Rich Urban School Leadership Program, contact Warner School admissions at (585) 275-3950 or by e-mail at admissions@warner.rochester.edu.
About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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