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SARASOTA COUNTY, May 8, 2017 – The Sarasota County School District will host a graduation ceremony for the Leadership Academy at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, in the Suncoast Technical College Conference Center.

Superintendent Todd Bowden will address the group of 26 graduates. The theme for the event is “Onward,” based on the title of Starbucks former CEO Howard Schultz’s book; Schultz stepped down as CEO in April and became executive chairman of the company. Each chapter in his book is a lesson in leadership; examples will be shared with the aspiring leaders and each graduate will receive a copy of the book. Caitlin Welke, a local Starbucks supervisor, will be a guest speaker and will share the Starbucks approach to cultivating leaders.

Sarasota County Schools is committed to developing its own high-quality, home-grown leaders. The Leadership Academy is a two-year intensive program for aspiring school and district-based administrators, usually teachers or program specialists in district departments, who have completed an advanced degree in educational leadership or a related field. The program extends the university experience, emphasizing the application of learning in a real-world context.

The focus is on three types of leadership: instructional, operational and global/situational. The curriculum is problem-based, interactive and involves action research. There is an emphasis on coaching, leadership immersion activities, and an action-oriented research project.

Over the course of the two years, Academy participants shadow principals, participate in mock interviews, lead book study groups, problem-solve real-life scenarios and help facilitate summer school programs. Successful completion of the Leadership Academy entitles participants to priority consideration for administrative internships as well as the opportunity to interview for assistant principal vacancies. 

Suncoast Technical College is located at 4748 Beneva Road, Sarasota.


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