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Educators Selected for State Leadership Program

Congratulations to the following staff from Currier School: Tim Kolaczowski, Social Worker; Dan Guerrero, a dual-language 3rd-grade teacher; and Arturo Arvizu, a dual-language 4th-grade teacher.

These District 33 educators were accepted into the School Leader Pipeline Program. Out of 275 applicants, only 100 scholarships were awarded!

The purpose of the Illinois School Leader Pipeline Program (ISLPP) is to identify, develop, support, and sustain diverse cohorts of aspiring school leaders as they progress through preparation for the attainment of school leadership (principal or AP) positions. The Illinois Principals Association (IPA), the Illinois Council of Professors of Educational Administration (ICPEA), and the Black Educational Advocacy Coalition (BEAC) will collaboratively coordinate and deliver the Illinois School Leader Pipeline Program with grant support from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

During the inaugural year, the ISLPP has chosen to offer 100 aspiring school leaders entering their first year of principal preparation the following support:

  • $7500 of tuition support ($2500 for each of the Fall 2022, Spring, 2023, and Summer 2023 Semesters)
  • 20 hours of mentoring by an experienced school leader who has received significant mentor training
  • $500 to offset 5 days of subbing costs so the aspiring leader can engage in school-based leadership activities
  • Aspiring IPA Membership to connect the aspiring school leaders to the largest professional learning network of school leaders in the state of Illinois

This state-funded program will develop, support, and sustain diverse cohorts of aspiring school leaders as they progress through preparation for the attainment of school leadership (principal or assistant principal) positions. As part of the program, IPA will provide 20 hours of mentoring this year and the following year (40 hours total). 

Additionally, each SLPP participant will be given an Aspiring Leader membership at IPA, and the IPA will provide $500 that can be used to pay for substitute teachers so that you may engage in school-based leadership activities.