Leadership Development

         Heather Lageman, Executive Director                                          Niamh McQuillan, Coordinator  
                        Dr. Clare Kruft, OD Resource Teacher
                     Tracey Carroll, Administrative Assistant

Leadership Development
6901 North Charles Street
Greenwood Campus  Building B
Baltimore, MD 21204
Phone: 443-809-6493
Fax: 443-809-9859

BCPS employees may view and register for workshops and MSDE/CPD courses by accessing the Professional Development Opportunities Web page.

The Office of Leadership Development supports the development of BCPS staff who aspire to positions of leadership. Based on the fundamental belief that leadership skills and knowledge can be learned and cultivated, Leadership Development provides professional learning experiences and resources designed to foster the growth of effective leaders. The differentiated components of the Leadership Development program provide opportunities for participants to develop and apply leadership skills as they support the vision and mission of The Compass: Our Pathway to Excellence and assist schools in achieving the progress indicators. In working to develop the effective leaders who are essential to school success, the office focuses on two main leadership cohorts: aspiring leaders and current leaders. Heather Lageman serves as the Executive Director for this office.


Assessment Skills Centers (ASC) for Aspiring Principals and Aspiring Assistant Principals
If you are interested in becoming a transformational Team BCPS leader, please apply by clicking "Log In" through the Office of Human Resources'
Frontline Education portal.

Aspiring Leaders Course (ALC)
The Aspiring Leaders Course is a six-session course offered annually in the fall and the spring to tenured candidates aspiring to the assistant principalship. The course focuses on understanding the role of the instructional leader through required readings and job-embedded assignments on how to analyze data and develop and implement a plan to improve student achievement. Successful completion of this one-credit MSDE course provides participants with core knowledge
and skills necessary to maximize their roles as school-based leaders. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Possess an Administrator 1 Certification

Prospective Department Chair (PDC) Training Program
This leadership opportunity is offered to experienced teachers interested in the role of the department chair in any BCPS middle or high schools are encouraged to enroll in Leadership Development for Prospective Department Chairs. During the required sessions, teachers will explore the responsibilities for this school-based leadership position.  Any “acting” department chair who has not completed the required sessions of Leadership Development for Prospective Department Chairs must register online. Teachers who previously completed the required sessions, but who did not go through the interview process, should watch for the Department Chair Candidate Pool posting on the BCPS Frontline Education portal.

Associate Principals' Program
Associate Principals is a customized leadership program for BCPS assistant principals who have been recommended by community superintendents and executive directors. Associate principals in this cohort participate in a program that is matched to specific benchmarks and that enhances current performance and prepares assistant principals for future leadership roles.  The purpose of this cohort is to develop transformational leaders by providing professional learning that advances their practices and enables them to succeed in the first year of the principalship.


School-based Administrative Induction and Support Program (SBAI) for New Principals and Assistant Principals
The SBAI Program for first-year administrators is a yearlong program designed to support new principals and assistant principals in their work. The emphasis is on supporting, maintaining, and leading a high quality instructional program. Participants study best practices for supporting quality instruction particularly through the appraisal process, and learn about systemwide compliance procedures and regulations. Meetings are held monthly, and new principals and assistant principals engage in conversation with one another, with administrative mentors, and with central office staff.

Principals' Leadership Development (PLD)
Full-day leadership learning sessions for executive leadership staff and all BCPS principals are held throughout the year to build our BCPS community of lead learners and equip them with the skills and knowledge that will enhance their current performance.

Assistant Principals’ Professional Development (APPD)
Aligned with the full-day leadership learning sessions for principals, BCPS assistant principals participate in accompanying half-day sessions throughout the year to build our BCPS community of lead learners and equip them with the skills and knowledge that will enhance their current performance.

New Administrators’ Academy (NAA)
Held annually each summer, NAA provides support to newly appointed principals and assistant principals to familiarize them with BCPS policies and procedures and the basic requirements of their new roles.

Leadership Academy
Leadership Academy is a two-day professional learning conference for all principals and assistant principals held annually in June. The Academy sessions are focused on the development of leadership skills, particularly instructional leadership. Academy participants explore best practices for creating and sustaining an effective school environment where all students achieve at high levels.

Resources and Articles

Middle school flips the script: With inside-out PD, professional learning starts in the classroom, by Niamh McQuillan, The Learning Professional, April 2018. Used with permission of Learning Forward. All rights reserved.

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