By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Who wants to be a principal in Philadelphia?
Plenty of people, apparently – even amid a backdrop of budget cuts, school closings, and tough contract negotiations.
A new, on-the-job training program for Philadelphia public, charter, and parochial school leaders has selected its first crop of “transformational” principals, and is scheduled to be formally announced Friday. Officials have chosen five residents from a pool of 65 applicants and could choose up to 10 more educators to start in September, with a cohort of 30 expected next year and 50 in 2015.
It’s called the Philadelphia Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools (PhillyPLUS), and is a fledgling effort of the Great Schools Compact, a coalition of city, Philadelphia School District, charter, and parochial school officials. The residency was begun with $1 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and $500,000 from the Philadelphia Schools Partnership, and will be supported by the educational nonprofit TNTP.