The 2013-2014 cohort of MCPSA’s Leadership Development Program recently began work. The Leadership Development Program is a one-year, individualized training program offered to six charter schools at a time. The program is entirely grant funded by two donors: the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and an Anonymous donor.
Three schools are chosen in both St. Louis and Kansas City to work with the Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA) and coaches to increase their quality and effectiveness as the operators of charter schools. MCPSA contracts with five coaches who work with each school on an individual basis. Two coaches are designated to work with the school leaders and three coaches work specifically with the governing boards. Each school leader receives 100 hours of direct coaching and each governing board receives 40 hours of direct coaching throughout the year. The coaching involves observation, feedback, and agreement on specific action items to be completed and implemented. The coaching is reinforced through monthly seminars that include additional action items and training for both school leaders and boards.
The initial yearlong program ran from July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013. The six schools that participated were:
• Preclarus Mastery Academy (St. Louis);
• Carondelet Leadership Academy (St. Louis);
• South City Preparatory Academy (St. Louis);
• KIPP Endeavor (Kansas City);
• Hope Leadership Academy (Kansas City); and
• Scuola Vita Nuova (Kansas City).
MCPSA was able to secure funding for a second year of the program that began July 1, 2013 and ends June 30, 2014. The six new schools participating are:
• Gateway Science Academy – Middle and High School (St. Louis);
• Lafayette Preparatory Academy (St. Louis);
• St. Louis Language Immersion Schools – The Spanish School (St. Louis);
• Academy for Integrated Arts (Kansas City);
• Hogan Preparatory Academy – Elementary (Kansas City); and
• Alta Vista Charter School – Middle (Kansas City).
Because of left over grant money from the first year of the program, MCPSA was not only able to bring in six new schools but is also able to offer extension coaching to the original schools at a less intensive level.