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MES & FES Principals Accepted to IN Principal Leadership Institute

MES & FES Principals Accepted to IN Principal Leadership Institute

Both Stephanie Miller, Principal of McCordsville Elementary and Heather Noesges, Principal of Fortville Elementary have been accepted into the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute (IPLI) program.


The IPLI program is an intensive, two-year program that requires a commitment by the principals and the school district.  IPLI was designed to address the professional needs of Indiana principals with an emphasis on student success.


In year one, the focus is on the principal and increasing a principal’s capacity to address the current needs of his/her school, such as his or her own abilities to effect change through teacher evaluation models, student performance, community involvement, and/or shaping a strong school culture. Again, the focus will be on the principal’s “capacity.” Principals will collect data from their staff about their leadership skills and the culture of the school. With this information, principals identify key leadership skills to address using an action research model. A Personal Improvement Plan will be developed and continually revised throughout the two-year institute. Near the mid-point of the first year, discussions will begin to drift toward building-level dynamics. While the focus will never be completely away from the individual principal, the interaction of personal and organizational capacities and goals will be addressed.


In year two, principals are asked to select two teachers to join them in an intensive study of their schools using their current school improvement planning process and the Marzano High Reliability Schools Model. In addition to utilizing existing data from their schools, these leadership teams will collect additional data and study research-based practices to aid in the development of their School Improvement Plans. 


There will be approximately 50 principal participants in each cohort.  Focus-cohorts of 4-5 participants will be developed, guided by trained mentors who have demonstrated successful school leadership. These regional focus-cohorts meet monthly. Additional benefits include:

* Five seminars featuring nationally-recognized school leaders
* Access to resources to support the needs of principals and their schools including those from the Marzano Research Lab High Reliability Schools Network
* Membership in the Indiana Association of School Principals
* Registration for the Indiana Association of School Principals Fall Conference 
Registration for the Ed Leaders Network: On-demand professional development to enhance one’s educational leadership
* An opportunity to enroll in 12 university credits toward the Indiana State University Educational Specialist’s program at a significantly reduced tuition rate
* 45 Professional Growth Plan (
PGP) points for each year of participation. Completion of IPLI fulfills IMAP requirements. 


In spring of 2015, Scott Shipley, Principal of Mt. Vernon Middle School, and Heather Whitaker, Principal of Mt. Comfort Elementary, graduated from the IPLI Institute.  Heather Whitaker was also selected to be an IPLI mentor.


The mission of the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute is to provide building-level principals with the skills and tools needed to increase their personal leadership capacity, as well as to increase the learning capacity of their schools.  IPLI was created by the General Assembly in 2013 to strengthen education in our state by focusing on how to better prepare principals to lead in schools and communities.  

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