Florida's Principal Leadership Standards require high-performing instructional leaders that possess and utilize the competencies and skills necessary to successfully lead the improvement of student achievement in our public schools.
The William Cecil Golden Professional Development Program for School Leaders provides high quality professional development opportunities to insure that our school leaders have access to the tools and resources essential to this task. Established by the 2006 Florida Legislature and coordinated through the Florida Department of Education, the program uses a collaborative network of state and national professional leadership organizations to support the leadership development needs of principals, principal leadership teams, and candidates for principal leadership positions.
All state approved university and district school leadership development programs are required to incorporate appropriate elements of the William Cecil Golden Program to ensure a statewide foundation for leadership development. State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.081 Approval of School Leadership Programs
The William Cecil Golden (WCG) Professional Development Program for School Leaders consists of several distinct components that are integrated with Florida's Continuous Improvement Model that focuses on student achievement. Components of the program address the needs of emerging school leaders engaged in formal educational leadership programs, approved district principal preparation programs and district professional development programs for current school leaders. Development of the components of the WCG Program is being coordinated by a unique statewide partnership involving educational leadership development providers with proven expertise in this area.
Critical Components of the WCG Program include:
Training in Instructional Leadership (tools for effective classroom visits, literacy leadership, using data to drive instruction, etc.)
Training in Effective Business Practices (training related to high priority education issues, strategies for personnel recruitment and retention, Florida's Continuous Improvement Model, technology, etc.)
Parent, Community and Business Outreach Training (parental outreach strategies, leveraging business and community partnerships, communication strategies, etc.)
- Ongoing Mentoring and Coaching (provided by a network of highly qualified, retired school leaders trained to use their knowledge and experience to support the effective implementation of the DELTA program)
WCG Professional Development Resources
Provide essential follow-up and support to assist school leaders to effectively develop and demonstrate competency as high-performing instructional leaders.
Professional Partners Network
A key component of the WCG professional development program is the follow-up support provided by our network of highly qualified, retired school administrators. As Professional Partners, they are trained to use their knowledge and experience to provide one-on-one coaching and mentoring for Florida's school leaders. Professional Partners maintain a confidential relationship with the school leaders they are assigned.