Students are getting ready to head back to school, as are some school administrators who will take part in a school leaders institute program, called the Recently Appointed Administrators program.
More than 260 administrators from 37 Virginia school districts have taken part of the four workshops over three days each year since the program started nine years ago. They'll gather at the Hotel Roanoke where they get hands on opportunities to hone their skills and sharpen their decision making. It's put on by Virginia Tech, the Center for Organizational & Technological Advancement and the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium to give school districts resources they might not otherwise have.
"It was a great opportunity for me to step away from the building for a few days and refocus on what our main objectives and our main purposes are," said Hidden Valley Middle Principal Mike Riley." Riley was appointed to Hidden Valley the day before school started last year and took part in the program. "Certainly as a new administrator you're faced with a myriad of challenges," he explained.
Former School Superintendent Dr. Wayne Harris helped get the program started and says it gives administrators a way to reach out to others in the same position. "Networking. They build a cohort of friends across the state hat they can call on who have common concerns and issues that they have," he said.
The next leadership workshop will take place September 18th.