School Improvement and Leadership Development
PERFORMANCE –BASED LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION PROCESS
FOR ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS EMPLOYEES
2013-2014 School Year Application and Process will be posted in August
Overview of Georgia Performance-Based Leadership Certification:
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) implemented a new performance-based leadership (PL) certificate and phased out the traditional leadership (L) certificate on September 30, 2009.
Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission (PSC) has transformed the state’s educational leadership preparation and certification process to meet 21st century needs. This includes new preparation standards for Georgia’s colleges and universities and a new performance-based leadership (PL) certification process.
This fundamentally new certification process means that individuals can no longer independently secure a leadership certificate. Candidates interested in securing leadership certification must now complete a performance-based program at an approved college in collaboration with their school district. This collaboration, which is formalized in a contract between the school system, candidate and college, will allow for customization of the leadership training program to meet the needs of the candidate and the employing system.
Each district will have their own process for selecting and sponsoring employees in leadership roles and positions. Districts will be able to apply for an employee’s NPL-5 (interim certification) while they enter into a specialist or doctoral program leading to a PL-6 or PL-7 certificate only after being selected by a school system for a leadership role.
Individuals who hold clear, renewable L-5, L-6, or L-7 certificates issued prior to September 30, 2009, will be grandfathered. These individuals may opt to add a PL certificate, but it is not required. They may be hired into school system leadership positions and continue to perform these roles.
Process for Securing a Performance-Based Leadership Certification in the Atlanta Public Schools:
(Effective November, 2012)*
*Please note that individuals who are in process or have completed a Performance-Based Leadership Certification program leading to a PL-6 or PL-7 prior to November 2012 are not required to follow this process. These individuals should contact School Improvement & Leadership Development to provide information on their university program and certification status.
Step 1– Secure a master’s degree. Performance-Based Leadership Certification is only available on the specialist or doctorate level. If you have master’s degree in a field other than educational leadership, you will be required to complete pre-requisite courses in school law and ethics prior to entering a certification program. See Georgia Professional Standards Commission - PSC code 505-2-.300 Educational Leadership at www.gapsc.com for further information and degree requirements. Please note individuals who secured an NL-5 certificate prior to December 2010 by passing the GACE in leadership may be eligible to have the pre-requisite courses waived. If you already have a specialist or doctorate level degree, you may be eligible for add-on certification. This information is available to you on each approved university’s website.
Step 2– Secure an approved leadership position in the district. The following positions are currently approved leadership positions for consideration of sponsorship in the Atlanta Public Schools:
o Assistant Principal
o Academy Leader
o Instructional Coach
o Common Core Implementation Specialist
o Instructional Mentor
o Professional Learning Specialist
o Project Assistant
o Project Facilitator
o Project Manager
o Program Administrator
o Program Manager
o Special Education Lead Teacher
Individuals do not need to have leadership certification to apply for one of the above listed positions. Once you secure the position and if the position requires leadership certification, Human Resources will work with you to secure an interim leadership certificate (NPL).
Individuals in positions that are not listed on the approved position list and you believe should be considered as a leadership position, may request a position review through contacting School Improvement & Leadership Development. The district is not currently sponsoring individuals in teaching positions.
Step 3-Once you are in a district approved leadership position, work with your Human Resources Specialist to secure a Non-Renewable Performance-Based Educational Leadership certificate (NPL) if you do not already have one. This is only necessary for individuals who are in a district approved leadership position AND the position requires leadership certification. The NPL certificate is valid for five years and must be requested by the school district.
Step 4-Notify School Improvement & Leadership Development that you have secured an approved leadership position and that you are interested in securing your Performance Based Leadership Certification. School Improvement and Leadership Development will provide you with an application for district sponsorship and supervisor recommendation (see application and recommendation form links on the left.) Please complete the application and recommendation forms electronically, print, sign and scan back to Catalina Sibilsky. Sponsorship selection is a two tiered application process requiring a paper screening and an interview process. The sponsorship application and selection process occurs three times a year in order to meet deadlines for enrollment in spring, summer and fall university sessions.
Individuals may apply for sponsorship one time in an academic year. Individuals who are not selected will be provided with feedback and will be able to re-apply for sponsorship in the following academic year.
Step 5– Individuals, who are selected by the school district for sponsorship, may apply to any of the following universities that have an approved program and a partnership with the Atlanta Public Schools:
Each university has different admissions requirements. Employees are responsible for all financial obligations associated with their degree and certification program. District sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance into a university program.
Notify School Improvement & Leadership Development of your university applications so that we can inform them of your district sponsorship status.
Please recognize that sponsorship of candidates in a performance-based leadership certification program will have priority groupings. There are a limited number of candidates we can sponsor annually. Sponsorship priority will be given in the following order:
1) Individuals who currently hold an NL-5 or NPL-5 who are serving in an approved leadership position that DOES require leadership certification.
2) Individuals who have no leadership certification who are in an approved leadership position that DOES NOT require leadership certification.
3) Individuals who have a grandfathered L-5 or higher leadership certification who are serving in an approved leadership role.
Upon completion of your performance based leadership certification program, contact your Human Resources Specialist to coordinate securing appropriate certification with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Additionally, we request that you contact School Improvement andLeadership Development to complete a program survey to assist us gathering information for continuous improvement.
For information about Performance-BasedLeadership Certification in the Atlanta Public Schools contact:
School Improvement & Leadership Development
For additional information about Performance Based Leadership Certification and all the new guidelines for leadership certification in Georgia, visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website at www.GAPSC.com.