Leadership Development Institute

The Leadership Development Institute is a joint program between AACPS and the 21st Century Education Foundation to cultivate collaborative leaders. Funding for participation in this voluntary program is provided by the 21st Century Education Foundation. 


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How to Apply

The majority of the classes will be held on Friday evening and/or Saturday morning. However, one or two of these classes may be held during the week. In that case, a substitute will be provided for your position if necessary for AACPS employees only.This is a voluntary program and no compensation is provided to the participants. All participants are expected to attend and participate in the full program. 

There is a two-step process for applying to the Leadership Development Institute: 

Part 1 is the completion of the application. Please ensure that you have followed the directions and that the application is completed as specified. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • The deadline to submit applications for the 2014-15 cohort was April 30, 2014. 
  • All applicants should have three references of their choosing. Send the following link to your references: http://www.21st-education.org/reference-questions. All references are due by close of business May 6, 2014.

Part 2 is the interview with members of the selection committee.
Applicants to be interviewed will be notified in the late spring of their interview date.

Listed below are the tentative dates for the 2014-15 Leadership Development Institute.

Please protect these dates on your calendar before applying.  Selected participants will be notified of final dates prior to signing the program agreement.


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Program Launch

Sept 26 & 27

Fri: 1-6 pm
Sat: 9am-12pm



Understanding AACPS Administration,
Local Government & Decision Making

Oct 24 & 25

Fri: 5-8pm
Sat: 9am-2pm



Exploring the role of the Arts in Education & Culture

Nov 14 & 15

Fri: 5-8pm
Sat: 9am-2pm



Exploring Public Safety and AACPS
Instructional Programs

Dec 5

Fri: 1-5pm



Exploring the connections among AACPS,
the student, and family support

Jan 9 & 10

Fri: 5-8pm
Sat: 9am-2pm

Jan 17 (9am-2pm)


Exploring AACPS Business and the Economy

Feb 6 & 7

Fri: 1-6pm
Sat: 9am-12noon

Feb 20 & 21


Exploring Public Safety and AACPS
Instructional Programs

Mar 7

Sat: 9am-1pm

Mar 20 (1-5pm)


Exploring Environmental Factors,
AACPS Facilities, and Sustainability

Apr 10 & 11

Fri: 5-8pm
Sat: 9am-2pm



Program Conclusion

May 9

Sat: 9am-4pm


For questions regarding the application process or the Leadership Development Institute, please contact the 21st Century Education Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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