Several Fayette County school administrators underwent training Monday at Garden Springs Elementary School to become "world-class instructional leaders," said Todd Baldwin, state coordinator for the National Institute for School Leadership.
The training in Fayette County Public Schools was made possible in large part with a $100,000 contribution from Xerox Corp., said Chris Gilligan, a Xerox spokesman.
"If you can impact the principal, it effects every student in a school," Gilligan said.
The administrators will attend 22 sessions over 18 months.
On Monday, at a session attended primarily by administrators and a few staffers from Central Office, the training centered on a few questions: Do you have high-quality academic standards? Do you have a curriculum that supports those standards? Do you have a system in place that shows whether the students have mastered the standards?
Lisa Smith, principal of Ashland Elementary, participated Monday. She said it's an executive-level program that allows principals to develop and continue to hone instructional leadership skills.