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Applications available for inaugural Indiana Principal Leadership Institute

June 20, 2013

Indiana State University's Bayh College of Education announced today that applications are available for the inaugural Indiana Principal Leadership Institute. The institute, which was created with bipartisan support by the Indiana General Assembly during the 2013 legislative session, will welcome its first class July 17.

The Indiana Principal Leadership Institute is a two-year experience designed to address the professional needs of Indiana public school principals with an emphasis on student success. The institute will increase a principal's capacity to address the current needs of their school, such as teacher evaluation models, student performance, community involvement and shaping a strong school culture.

Fifty principals are invited to participate in the first class. Their responsibilities include attending five seminars each year. Participants also will be guided by mentors, who are established and respected educators in their communities. Working in small groups, the principals will focus on developing and implementing personal and school improvement plans, facilitating action research projects at each school, refining school improvement plans and building a network of other principals to gain support during and beyond the institute experience.

"The ultimate goal of the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute is to improve schools," said Steve Gruenert, chair of educational leadership in the Bayh College of Education. "Using an approach that is collaborative, research-based and results-oriented, we have a tremendous opportunity to take the skills of our Hoosier educators to the next level, which will have a significant impact on children of our state. With the institute, we intend to structure the best professional development program for principals in the nation."

Principals interested in applying for the first class should apply online at A one-time financial contribution of $1,000 from the school corporation is required for participation, as it cements both the commitment of the principal and superintendent to the program. Nominating a principal implies the superintendent and school board think the principal has to potential to improve their school, are supportive of positive change in the school and will allow data collection to occur.

The Indiana Principal Leadership Academy at Indiana State University was created by bipartisan legislation authored by Sens. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) and Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn), and supported by Sens. Tim Skinner (D- Terre Haute), Earline Rogers (D - Gary) and Lindel Hume (D- Princeton) and Reps. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) and Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute). Gov. Mike Pence approved the legislation last month.

To learn more about the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute, please visit

Contact: Lara Beck, 317-727-0016