iLEAD Leadership Experience
A critical component of UIndy’s iLEAD program is getting field experience that introduces you to the challenges and demands facing today’s school principals. You’ll need to complete a minimum of 300 hours of field experience in an area school over the course of five semesters (or 60 hours per semester).
Crafting the experience
In collaboration with the school principal and iLEAD field coordinator, you’ll get to shape activities that allow you to practice school leadership skills while enhancing your personal and professional development.
You will have an opportunity to play a key role in targeting areas for improvement and restructuring operations to meet higher performance objectives. Some examples of common objectives include:
- Increased academic achievement
- Supervision of instruction
- Facilitating change
- Leading professional development
- Developing a more supportive environment for students with special needs
- Addressing school safety and security
“The hands-on experiences have helped me understand that being an agent of change is not an easy or quick process, but one that requires time, energy and dedication. UIndy ensures that all future administrators leave the program with the necessary tools to be leaders in the future of education.”
Ongoing support and advice
This experience is the perfect opportunity for you to gain insight about leadership decisions from your principal, get candid feedback on your execution of school-based activities, and hear his or her assessment of your progress. For additional support and guidance on field assignments, you’ll meet with your mentor and field coordinator face-to-face and via Skype throughout each semester. Your mentor will serve as a primary source of seasoned advice and inspiration throughout the iLEAD program to help you achieve your maximum potential.
Leadership practice areas
Each semester, you’ll be required to show proficiency in various ELCC standards-based leadership areas through case studies, simulations and action research.