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Our Vision

We believe strong leaders are key in building strong schools and strong communities. However, leading teachers and students to success—and helping them master new, higher academic standards—is tough. Traditional principal training leaves few principals with the practical skills needed to transform student learning.

We’re training dynamic principals to lead the schools that Philadelphia students deserve.

Philadelphia Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools (PhillyPLUS) is building a citywide network of school leaders who can partner with teachers to create thriving classrooms where students excel. Through support from a personal coach and real experience leading teachers in a local school, our leaders learn how to enter a classroom, assess the quality of lessons, and give teachers concrete feedback and support to improve. Today, nearly 100 PhillyPLUS alumni lead schools across Philadelphia. 

"PLUS has provided me not only with the concrete skills to lead effectively in a complex urban school setting, but also connected me to a network of like-minded, passionate, principled, and driven coaches, mentors, and colleagues, all of whom are equally as invested in transforming the education system for our neediest of students.”

Prerna Srivastava, 2016-18 Cohort
Principal, Welsh Elementary

Our Program

PhillyPLUS Residency

PhillyPLUS Residency is a two-year principal preparation program for newer and accomplished educators. It blends intensive summer training and a year of hands-on practice in a local school with support from a mentor principal and leadership coach, who provide ongoing support and guidance. Residents who demonstrate success have the opportunity to earn their principal certification if they do not already possess it, and to lead their own Philadelphia school during their second year. 

Learn more

The application deadline to join our 2019 cohort is Monday, March 25th at 9:00AM EST.

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