Delaware Academy for School Leadership

Governor’s Institute for School Leadership

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About the Program

The Governor’s Institute for School Leadership (GISL) is a partnership between the Delaware Governor’s Office, Department of Education (DOE), University of Delaware College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), local Delaware school districts and Delaware public schools. GISL is a collaborative response to the need for continual support and development of leaders at all levels within public education and acts upon the benefits that are derived from intentional and collaborative district, university and government partnerships.

The Governor’s Institute for School Leadership is conceptualized as a two-prong approach to support the professional learning of individuals at both ends of the school leadership spectrum. To this end, GISL will (1) support capacity building of the nineteen public school district superintendents with the creation of a Superintendent Study Council, and (2) serve to strengthen the principal pipeline in Delaware with the creation and implementation of an Assistant Principal Academy.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Governor’s Institute for School Leadership is to foster a collaborative state-wide climate and culture that supports and promotes leader learners and to mobilize resources, research and collective knowledge to build school-level and district-level leadership capacity.

GISL Program Overview

The initial kickoff of the Governor’s Institute for School Leadership includes the launch of two programs in January 2021.

The initial kickoff of the Governor’s Institute for School Leadership includes the launch of two programs in January 2021.

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The Superintendent Study Council

The Superintendent Study Council will create a leadership network consisting of State of Delaware superintendents and other district office administrators who will meet monthly for discussion, collaboration and professional learning on relevant and timely topics related to school improvement, equity, and improving outcomes for all students.  The Council is a collaborative effort between districts, DOE and UD-DASL that provides relevant, timely, and meaningful research, best practices, and professional learning to support executive level leaders in addressing complex and evolving challenges in education.

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The Assistant Principal Academy

The Assistant Principal Academy is a highly selective 12-month program designed to develop distinguished assistant principals into transformational building-level principals. The program consists of 5 modules of instruction aligned to Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), coaching by University of Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL) Leadership Coaches, and a practice-based mentorship with a successful building principal.

Nominate a 2021 GISL Fellow

Superintendents/Heads of School or a designee nominated GISL Fellow and GISL Principal Mentor in October 2020.

Apply to become a 2021 GISL Fellow or Mentor

Assistant Principals in their 3rd or greater year in the role of Assistant Principal may be nominated by their Superintendent/Head of School or a designee. A Principal Mentor will also be nominated for the nominated Fellow.

DASL will contact nominated Fellows and nominated Mentors as soon as their nomination is received. Each will be asked to complete an application process by November 6, 2020. The application is available by clicking the button below.

Contact or with questions about GISL nominations or applications.