Leadership Development

Leadership Learning sessions for all staff groups are designed to support district initiatives, alignment of mission, vision and core beliefs, PLC’s, leadership skills and tools, facilitative problem solving and collaborative conversations. All leadership development learning sessions are funded through a state grant. The following leadership learning sessions have been implemented for school year 2017-18.

Leadership Counts! @ SJCSD

These sessions are designed to utilize facilitative behaviors to strengthen the relationship of the participants across all departments of the district. The members of both Tier 1 and Tier 2 work together to expand and develop skills related to the culture of SJCSD while they enhance competence and confidence in self-awareness as it impacts leadership roles. During the monthly sessions, participants work collaboratively across the departments to build connections.

Leadership Counts! @ SJCSD Tier 1 Benefits

  • District staff work across the departments to understand self and others and their role within the SJCSD.
  • Connections are made between the department members in a unique fashion.
  • Mr. Forson discussed the Vision, Mission and Culture of the SJCSD and their role in supporting those.
  • Participants are able to return to their work site with a clear reminder of the culture and vision of the SJCSD.

Leadership Counts! @ SJCSD Tier 2 Benefits

  • District staff were presented an overview of Superintendent Forson’s Leadership beliefs.
  • They were reminded of the Mission, Vision and culture of SJCSD.
  • Participants were able to return to their worksite with this knowledge to reflect on and apply their work to support the mission, vision and core beliefs SJCSD.

Phase I

These sessions address the needs of aspiring leaders within SJCSD who seek to gain information regarding the entire district. Each month department leadership makes a short presentation on the roles and responsibilities of their department. The participants read leadership articles and apply those in collaborative exercises. At a minimum, all participants have completed half of the requirements for their Certificate or Degree in Educational Leadership. Most participants are teachers though a few are district staff.


  • Knowledge of all departments within the SJCSD.
  • A clear understanding of the mission, vision, core beliefs of the Superintendent of Schools, Tim Forson.
  • Introduction to the FSLA.
  • Participants are equipped with foundational knowledge which will help them plan their professional journey.

Phase II, year 1 & year 2

Leadership learning sessions for all new assistant principals (APs) in SJCSD. The first year focuses on the 360 training modules and is led by Joyce Skaff from the Crown Management Consortium. The second year provides a deeper dive into the workings of each of the SJCSD departments through presentations by district leadership followed by application of skills related to each department. Participants work together on the Florida School Leader Assessment (FSLA) and other leadership skills required to support the SJCSD culture.


  • Deeper dive into the leadership roles of each department within the SJCSD.
  • Application of knowledge and skills of Academic Services, Instruction and Human Resources, including navigating the pupil progression plan and the SJCSD/SJEA Teacher Contract.
  • AP’s are able to use these documents in problem solving, communication with parents and teachers, conflict situations and to make quality decisions.

Phase III

A two-year mentoring program for all new APs in SJCSD. New appointees are paired with experienced APs who provide guidance and support to the new assistant principal. These sessions focus on skills in communication, managing change, building leadership teams, the culture of SJCSD and the mission and goals of the SJCSD. The strategic plan is reviewed as well as the components of the FSLA. The participants work through exercises collaboratively as well as complete self-assessment, reflection activities on their own leadership style.


  • Mentoring of new AP’s with discussion on their role in the implementation of PLC’s and new teacher induction.
  • AP’s go back to their school site with skills for monitoring the PLC process.
  • They also are asked to make connections with all new staff.

Phase IV

A two-year mentoring program for all new principals in SJCSD. New principals are paired with an experienced principal who serves as a guide on-the-side to support the new principal through the first two years of their assignment. These sessions focus on the vision, mission and core beliefs of the SJCSD culture as well on specific skills required of the position. The participants discuss change in the context of school leadership, plan how to build leadership teams and develop budgeting skills. The participants also discuss and learn how to be the lead learner of their school. They have rich discussions about the FSLA and share their deliberate practice with each other.


  • Mentoring of new Principal’s with a discussion of building school based leadership teams and PLC’s.
  • An introduction to the changing careers and cognative skills required in the workforce and the impact on educating students for their future.
  • Participants are ready to build effective leadership teams and share with teachers the changing needs of our students.

Leadership Academy

A voluntary program for all interested building and district leaders. This group meets four times per year in the evening. During the first session the participants used the critical friend’s protocol to share a school or department issue they have been working on. This activity builds collaboration among the participants through a system of intentional feedback. During the second session on November 21, Mr. Forson shares insights and some of his own experiences relating to Grit. Later, participants discussed the book Grit by Angela Duckworth with an emphasis on the implications for their work assignment.

Phase V (Sharpening the Saw)

A voluntary program for interested assistant principals intended to continue their learning in readiness for principalship. The first session focused on the FSLA and their individual deliberate practice, the second session will focus on the district budgeting activity, led by Darrell Colee and a few principals who will share their experiences and insights into the budget process.

Technology Support Specialists, ILC, Teacher Leader Academy, and Lunch and Learn

These are new sessions being offered this year. The goal is to address leadership topics which support the SJCSD culture as well as address topics specific to the individual groups. The ILC’s and Teacher Leader Academy support new teacher induction and the training of the mentor teacher.