Participation in the AP Accelerator program is by superintendent nomination only.
The AP Accelerator (APA) is a statewide leadership development program for Assistant Principals nominated by their district superintendent with a high potential for being fast-tracked into the principalship. Assistant Principals, who typically spend 3-5 years in the role, enter the AP Accelerator Program and receive targeted, "just-in-time" leadership development and coaching from proven practitioners in the field. Using a concentrated curriculum of leadership development experiences and coaching, the program accelerates the readiness of selected assistant principals to lead and turn around high-needs schools.
The program consists of two phases:
Phase 1: Pre-placement assistant principal participation in AP Accelerator curriculum with combination of in-person and virtual sessions focused on research-based turnaround competencies and actions
Phase 2: Post-placement in a principal position combination of in-person and virtual mentoring with school visits and a focus on strategies for successfully meeting common early-career challenges, improving school culture, building staff capacity, and launching a successful turnaround campaign.
AP Accelerator Components
Component 1 - Accelerating Leader Competency for Assuming the Role of Principal
Component 2 - Building a Culture of Trust to Drive Improvement
Component 3 - Equipping Leaders as Effective Decision Makers
Component 4 - Leading and Managing a Results-Driven Team
AP Accelerator Cohorts
AP Accelerator 2023-24 Cohorts