This program is exclusively for district leaders who supervise schools. The program prepares district leaders to apply for and earn NCUST’s National Principal Certificate for Equity and Excellence Program. To earn the certificate each candidate must demonstrate, through measurable evidence, that they have advanced equity and excellence in one or more of the schools they supervise. The program includes five courses (delivered primarily online) over a 12-month period. In the first course, participants will establish an “Equity and Excellence Project” grounded in data related to one or more of the schools they supervise. Each course will support principal supervisors in pursuing their project in a way that generates improvements in school culture, curriculum, and instruction that lead to substantial movement toward equity and excellence in one or more of the schools they supervise. The program is based on research about effective district-level leadership and NCUST’s extensive study of urban schools that achieve excellent and equitable learning results. Each course features specific district-level leadership tasks. The leadership tasks will challenge principal supervisors to provide inspiring, meaningful, and productive support and guidance to the schools they supervise in ways that maximize the likelihood that their Equity and Excellence Project will generate measurable evidence of movement toward equity and excellence. During each course, each participant will receive up to three one-on-one personalized video-coaching sessions with an NCUST Executive Coach. Each course will include an opportunity to engage with district leaders who influenced the success of schools that have achieved remarkable results for every demographic group served.

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NCUST 0601 Envisioning Equity and Excellence at Your School District
Through this course, leaders will learn how culture, curricula, and instruction make a powerful difference in schools that achieve equity and excellence. District leaders will form a clearer image of the transformation they want to inspire and support as they assess the extent to which their schools’ culture, curricula, and instruction resemble those found in very high-performing schools. District leaders will learn strategies for communicating expectations and for providing support related to those expectations in ways that maximize the likelihood that school leaders will improve their schools’ culture, curricula, and instruction in ways that advance equity and excellence. As a part of this course, participants will attend the America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium during which they will have opportunities to interact with district and school leaders from schools that achieve remarkable results for every demographic group served. By the end of the course, participants will have a clearer perspective of how schools under their supervision will need to improve in order to advance equity and excellence in learning results.
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