***Registration for the 2021-2022 Cohort is now closed.***

The Charter School Institute (CSI) partners with the Colorado Department of Education Schools of Choice Unit to provide a Principal and Administrator Induction Program to charter school leaders across the state. The Administrator Mentoring Cohort (AMC) Induction Program is aligned to the Charter School Support Initiative (CSSI) Quality Standards, as well as the Colorado Principal/Administrator Quality Standards. The Program combines professional development workshops, mentoring support, and a goal setting and reflection process to meet the state-wide criteria for approved Induction Programs. Upon successful completion of the AMC Induction Program, candidates will receive a certificate of completion which is required for the CDE Application for the Professional Principal/Administrator License. To be considered for acceptance into the AMC Induction Program, applicants must hold a Colorado Initial Principal or Administrator License and be currently employed in a leadership role at a charter school, charter school network, or charter school support agency. 

Induction Questions

Kimberly Caplan

CSI Professional Learning Manager

KimberlyCaplan@csi.state.co.us

AMC Meeting Questions

Dan McMinimee

AMC Facilitator

dmcminimee@newamericaschool.org 

CCSP Grant Requirements Questions

Gisa McCray Simmons

Senior Consultant: CCSP Lead Trainer

Simmons_g@cde.state.co.us

Professional Development

CDE Schools of Choice Unit offers six Administrator Mentoring Cohort Meetings throughout the year. Meetings are held in September, October, November, February, March and June featuring relevant information to all charter schools across the state.

CSI offers Regional and All School Leader Meetings to CSI charter school leaders and AMC Induction participants that are held across the state throughout the year. 

Meetings are designed with adult learner needs in mind. Topics are aligned to the school calendar to provide just-in-time training. Sessions allow for interaction with peers and also provide time for personal reflection to consider how ideas presented can strengthen leadership in your role and impact staff and student outcomes.

It is important to note that CSI Meetings do NOT meet the requirements for AMC Induction participants who are concurrently trying to fulfill Colorado Charter School Program (CCSP) grant technical assistance requirements.

Mentor Support

Each AMC Induction participant selects a mentor who will provide 25-32 hours of coaching and support throughout the year. AMC mentors are experienced charter school leaders who understand the Colorado charter school landscape and have a commitment to developing leadership in others. They assist participants in developing professional growth plan goals, share ideas and experiences and help AMC Induction participants navigate the complex challenges faced by charter school leaders. Upon program completion, mentors will receive a clock hour certificate that can be used for license renewal. Mentors who attend AMC meetings will also be provided professional development certificates.

CSI maintains a list of approved mentors and can assist participants in selecting a mentor with expertise that matches their needs. Alternately, participants can submit the name, contact information and resume of an individual with whom they already have professional relationship. CSI will review the resume and determine if the proposed mentor meets criteria for approval. Participants are encouraged to select a mentor from outside of their organization, so that they may benefit from alternate perspectives.

Growth Plan & Reflection Process

Each AMC Induction participant is required to develop a Professional Growth Plan. Participants and their mentors review the Colorado Principal or Administrator Quality Standards and set goals to strengthen the participant’s practice in one or more of the standards. The plan also outlines action steps the participant will take to reach the goals by the end of the school year.

The Professional Growth Plan is reviewed at each mentoring meeting and used as a tool to engage in conversation about the participant’s successes and challenges. Action steps are adjusted as required.

At the end of each month, the participant and mentor complete and submit reflection forms documenting the work that they have accomplished in relation to the Professional Growth Plan.

 

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