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Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy

Lead the change
The Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy seeks visionary, passionate leaders who are eager to assume principal instructional leadership roles and dramatically increase outcomes and opportunities for MPS students, families, and schools.

MPS has designed an innovative, standards-based aspiring principal academy that will prepare future principals to transform under-performing schools in Minneapolis. A small, very selective cohort will advance their skills in change management and instructional leadership through intensive experiential and problem-based learning over 12 months.

Transforming school leadership is one of MPS’ key reform strategies. Strong instructional leaders in every school will help deliver on our mission to prepare every child for college and a career.

About the program

  • It’s innovative. The program is uniquely focused on preparing transformational leaders for urban schools. Participants have the opportunity to make an immediate impact during a year-long residency. 
  • It’s rigorous. Participants are held to the highest standards for selection and performance. High expectations are coupled with ongoing assessment and individualized support.
  • It’s practical and comprehensive. Participants develop high-level skills through experiential and integrated learning grounded in transformational and instructional leadership.  
  • It’s collaborative. Participants develop rich, enduring professional relationships with other future school leaders in their small, select cohort, while also building strong relationships with mentor principals and coaches. 

Aspire and inspire!

  • 12-month program, with salary and benefits
  • 1-year paid principal residency
  • Eligible to earn a Minnesota K-12 principal license
  • Three-year service commitment to MPS
  • Selection for the 2016 ATPA Cohort is highly competitive, candidates should prepare their applications carefully

More information on next year's applications will be coming Spring 2017.