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MCLA Leadership Academy

Our goal is to prepare candidates to serve as highly effective leaders of educational institutions, and active citizens in their communities. Leadership Academy graduates will be able to: shape a vision based on equity, justice, and academic success for all students; create a climate hospitable for education in schools and the community; cultivate collaborative leadership with faculty and staff; improve curriculum and instruction; and manage people, data, and processes to foster continuous school improvement.

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The MCLA Leadership Academy is a cohort model that blends academic content with practical skill and knowledge development. Created to support the advancement of working professionals, the Academy is a low residency model (summer and weekend), with independent and online work assigned between sessions. Students will earn 31 credits through pre-practicum experiences, seven courses, an administrative project, an administrative practicum, and a culminating Leadership Academy Conference.

MCLA Leadership Academy courses will be taught by nationally recognized educational theorists and successful school and district practitioners serving in the roles of superintendent, principal, curriculum coordinator, and department leader. Courses will include a blend of social, political, and academic theories and practices in examining current trends in public education. We want to prepare school and district leaders who will ensure the highest quality and most equitable, just and effective learning environments for students. Activities will include reading, writing, discussion, group projects, case studies, simulations, experiences in museums, lectures by prominent thinkers, project-based tasks, self-assessment, quizzes/tests, fieldwork, and application of course concepts.


Marianne Young, Interim Director:

Michelle Delisle, Administrative Assistant:

Telephone: 413-662-5381