Leadership Initiatives

Gulf Coast Leadership

The Gulf Coast Partnership (GCP) Resident Program

Photo of attendees' discussion at a round table Gulf Coast Partnership Resident participants at March 2015 meeting.

The Gulf Coast Partnership Resident Program is an Anchin Center Initiative in partnership with the USF Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program and Leadership Development Departments of the School Districts of Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Hernando, and the Heartland Consortium Districts.

Currently, a cohort of 62 assistant principals is participating in a leadership development program that leads to Florida Level II Principal Certification. Forty participants are projected for 2015-2016. Throughout the yearlong resident program, the aspiring Principals participate in nine days of engaging and provocative face-to-face learning that incorporates a concentrated study of Appreciative Organizing in Public Education.

Previously supported by a 3 year long Race to the Top Florida Department of Education grant, the 2015-2016 cohort will be supported through contributions from District Partners as well as contributions from the TECO Foundation as part of the Anchin's leadership initiative. Dr. John Mann serves as the Coordinator of the Gulf Coast Partnership Resident Program. He has been active in leadership development for over 25 years and led Principal preparation programs for 10 years.

For more information on the GCP Residency Program, please contact Dr. Mann at jlmann@mail.usf.edu.

The Gulf Coast Partnership Internship Program

The Gulf Coast Partnership Internship program prepares aspiring Assistant Principals (level 1certification) through a year long embedded internship that accompanies the masters program. Dr. Bill Black and Dr. John Mann made a presentation to the Florida House of Representatives K-12 Education Subcommittee on all aspects of the USF-Gulf Coast Partnership Program on Tuesday, February 10th.

The subcommittee specifically requested information on the program's goals, services provided, outcome data, and future plans. Also presenting to the subcommittee were Brian Dassler, Deputy Chancellor for Educator Quality; Andy Cole, Wallace Foundation, and the New Leaders' Program, a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country.

A follow-up message from the Deputy Chancellor stated,
"Dear Bill and John, my deep gratitude for the pioneering work you have been doing the last few years in the Gulf Coast Partnership and for joining us this week to highlight that work with members of the House K-12 Subcommittee."

For more information on the GCP Internship Program contact:
Dr. William Black at wrblack@usf.edu or Dr. Mann at jlmann@mail.usf.edu