Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

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Virginia School Leaders Institute

Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement



The Recently Appointed Administrators ("RAA") Program is a year-long institute, with participants meeting at the Hotel Roanoke for four 3-day workshops. The RAA Program commenced in October 2005 and is a joint effort between WVPEC and Virginia Tech, in association with the Virginia Tech School of Education, the Center for Organizational & Technological Advancement (COTA). Based on the ISLLC standards for school leaders, the School Leaders Institute is a researched-based professional development activity for newly appointed administrators!


This program is taught in four cohort sessions and provides multiple, hands-on opportunities structured to hone and expand existing skills and to sharpen decision-making abilities for newly appointed school administrators. The major focus is to explore methods used to transcend challenges faced by educators working to demonstrate leadership effectiveness. Institute “fellows” identify and interact with a mentor coach, expand perspectives through cohort activities, and keep reflective journals. Participation broadens their understanding and application of actions necessary for school improvement.


Completion of a School Leaders Institute program will increase leadership capacity and enhance the ability to use reflection as a powerful leadership skill. Each participant submits an evaluation of workshop discussions, activities, and lectures and completes and submits a reflective journal synopsis based on their total program experience.


The 10th session started in September 2014 and continues.  WVPEC members receive a discount for registering staff; please reach out to conference organizers for details.  For conference agenda, registration, etc., please access the link above.


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The Aspiring Superintendents Program ("ASP") is a full course credit opportunity designed specifically for school administrators who aspire to become a school district superintendent. The program is a partnership among the Virginia Association of School Superintendents ("VASS"), the Virginia Tech School of Education and the Virginia Tech Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement ("COTA").


Each of the three seminars will focus on exploring and developing the skills, knowledge and commitment needed to succeed as a superintendent. Program faculty will provide multiple perspectives on effective leadership. Emphasis will be placed on the value of coaching and mentoring as an important link between academic and practical preparation for the job.


Completion of a School Leaders Institute program will increase leadership capacity and enhance the ability to use reflection as a powerful leadership skill. Each institute fellow submits an evaluation of seminar discussions, activities, and lectures and completes and submits a reflective journal synopsis based on their total program experience.


For registration and conference details for the current program, please access the link above.