Partnership Initiatives

Gulf Coast Partnership Job-Embedded Leadership Development Project

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program at (USF) partnered with Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk County School Districts in 2011 to design a 25-month, collaborative, job-embedded principal preparation program to prepare 100 individuals to acquire Level I and Level II Leadership Certification. The nearly $2.5 million program was funded by a Race to the Top grant through the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) through June, 2014.

Since that time, the Gulf Coast Partnership has been sustained and the Level 2 Principal Leadership Development Program has prepared more than 250 Assistant Principals from six surrounding school districts for principal positions through the support of the David C. Anchin Center, the TECO leadership initiative, and participating school districts. The Level 1 job embedded master's program has prepared 47 selectively recruited teacher leaders for assistant principal positions and is currently supported through the leadership development departments of Pasco and Pinellas School Districts. 

Leadership Collaborative 

The Leadership Collaborative is an initiative sponsored by the David C. Anchin Center and Region IV Professional Development Directors. Region IV includes districts on the west coast of Florida from Citrus to Sarasota, Polk County and the Heartland Consortium.

In bimonthly meetings, collaborative participants focus on issues related to professional development. They also discuss items of concern at the state level. USF Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program faculty and SCATTER staff participate in collaborative activities and discussions. 

Professional Learning Alliance (PLA)

The Professional Learning Alliance is an outgrowth of the partnership between USF’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program and local school district leaders. For the past five years, district leaders, school administrators, program alumni, graduate students and faculty meet quarterly for ongoing collaboration and networking. Topics for discussion are determined by the members based on current issues. The nature of the PLA work can be described in the following manner:

  • Purpose: To increase opportunities to collaborate for the purpose of bridging preparation and practice
  • Vision: To provide wraparound support for leadership development as an influential network
  • Mission: Through meaningful collaboration and honest dialogue, we focus on enhancing the success of students and educational leaders

The PLA has become an important forum for educators from many different perspectives to engage in meaningful dialogue.