Initiatives

School and District Leadership

Gulf Coast Partnership Resident Program Group Photo

Participants in the 2019 Gulf Coast Partnership Resident Program.

We believe educational leaders need to be dynamic and entrepreneurial change agents to make meaningful improvements in the quality of education offered in the nation's schools. Managing is not enough — increasingly leaders must rise to the challenge of changing their organizations through innovative, problem-solving strategies.

The programs offered through our leadership initiatives strive to help school leaders further develop their ability to transform education systems and drive meaningful change. We bring together the expertise of faculty, researchers, school district leaders, as well as additional resources in an effort to offer multidimensional and immediately impactful professional development programming for practicing leaders in Pre-K through grade 12 schools.

Integrating general management and leadership education with research combined with our team's experience working with schools and school district leaders, our offerings provide innovative, principled, and research-based professional development opportunities that participants can immediately put to use on the job.

The Gulf Coast Partnership Resident Program

The Gulf Coast Partnership Resident Program is a partnership with the College of Education's Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program and Leadership Development Departments of the School Districts in Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Hernando, and the Heartland Consortium Districts. Through the program, a cohort of assistant principals participates in leadership development training that leads to Florida Level II Principal Certification.

The Leadership Collaborative

The Leadership Collaborative is an initiative sponsored by the Anchin Center and professional development directors from the west coast of Florida, including Citrus to Sarasota Counties, Polk County and the Heartland Consortium. In bimonthly meetings, participants focus on issues related to professional development and discuss items of concern at the state level.