Aspiring Leaders Program

Application Process

  • The Whitfield County Aspiring Leaders Program is designed to identify and develop future administrators who have the dispositions, knowledge, and ability to strengthen our system and our community as effective school leaders. Candidates are district employees with a desire to serve in formal leadership roles who are also willing to enroll in a leadership certification program if not currently certified. The candidates will engage in approximately 10 modules focusing on issues specific to school administration over the course of the program.

    Program candidates should meet the following eligibility requirements prior to completing the application:

    I. Eligibility Requirements

    Program candidates should meet the following eligibility requirements prior to completing the application:

    • Master’s degree
    • 5 years of experience in education
    • Classroom experience
    • Leadership certification (certified, current student, or willingness to enroll)

    II. Program Application

    In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, candidates must submit a completed application by the submission deadline.   Components of the application include:

    • Completed application form
    • Response to one writing prompt
    • Administrator recommendation form
    • Current résumé (2 pages maximum)

    Please note that these components hold considerable weight in determining whether a candidate moves into the next phase of the selection process.

    III. Candidate Interview and Writing Task

    Candidates who meet the initial criteria and who are selected to move into the second phase of the selection process will participate in a face-to-face interview. Interviews will be conducted by a leadership panel.  During this time, candidates will complete a brief, on-demand writing task as part of the process.

    IV. Final Selection

    Upon review and approval, candidates will be notified of their selection into the program.

    V. Program Participation

    Once selected, program participants will be required to attend ten modules of professional learning that comprise the leadership development curriculum.  Participants are expected to attend all sessions and participate actively in the discussions, assignments, and experiences and to abide by established cohort norms.  Specific dates for the meetings are listed below.   

    Program Orientation: August 10, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
    Module 1: August 21, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
    Module 2: September 11, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Module 3: October 23, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Module 4: November 12, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
    Module 5: January 29, 2022 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Module 6: February 26, 2022 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Module 7: March 19, 2022 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Module 8: April 12, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
    Capstone Session: June 11, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    For additional information about the Aspiring Leaders Program, see our Frequently Asked Questions document or contact the Director of Assessment and Accountability, Michelle Caldwell, at

    The Professionalism and Leading for Equity Modules will be integrated across modules.  Click links below for more information.

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