The Education Division at Lamar State College-Orange will host the first of its kind Instructional Leadership Institute for assistant principals and aspiring principals in the region. School district assistant principals can earn professional development hours and participation can be used as the induction requirements for State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).

Institute dates are Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25 with four two-hour cluster meetings during the upcoming school year. The institute will be held on the Lamar State College-Orange campus in the Wilson Building.

The Instructional Leadership Institute will provide training in four critical areas for administrators: accountability systems and PEIMS; systems thinking; budget process and assessing teaching and learning. Four cluster meetings will be facilitated by an invited panel and will be interactive sessions on hot topics impacting administrators and critical issues on the horizon.

The presenter for the institute will be Dr. Sandra K. Ellington of Beaumont. Dr. Ellington is a certified life and effectiveness coach and has coached principals, central office administration and other administrative leaders in Texas. She is a former teacher, administrator and Region 5 education consultant for administrative professional development. She authored two SBEC approved principal assessments, served as an adjunct professor in educational leadership at Lamar University. She has also served as both a TEA external and internal facilitator for academically unacceptable schools and as a coach for accelerated schools through The University of Texas. Dr. Ellington owns and operates Administrative Leadership Development and Life Coaching. Additional facilitators and presenters will be Dr. James Armstrong, Dr. Stephen Patterson, Dr. Robert Finch, Mrs. Tillie Hickman and Mrs. Gay Jenkins.

Participation is this institute can be used as the induction requirement for SBEC. LSC-O will award participants 32 professional development hours upon completion of the program. The cost per participant is $850. Possible funding sources are Title I, II or IV Funds. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants. For more information on registration, contact the LSC-O Education Division at 409-882-3053. LSC-O is a member of the Texas State University System.