Edmond middle school principals Jason Galloway and Emily Steele recently graduated from the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) Lead 2 Succeed (L2S) program-an intensive professional development series designed to usher in winning leadership strategies in local schools to boost academic performance.

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Twenty-five principals from across the state of Oklahoma were chosen to participate in this year’s pilot of L2S. The program featured monthly face-to-face meetings combined with online components.

Through a curriculum designed by the National Institute for School Leadership, participants gained insights into how to improve student instruction, organizational efficiency and community engagement at their schools.

“The program was the most comprehensive training on school design and leadership that I have ever been a part of,” said Galloway, principal of Heartland Middle School.

“It helped me to think differently about how our schools are structured and what I can do within my own site to achieve change and success,” said Steele, principal of Sequoyah Middle School.

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Fifteen of the principals-including Galloway and Steele-were also selected to facilitate the program statewide.

“We are eager to have them share their new skills and strategies with both Edmond administrators and other administrators across Oklahoma to further develop teacher-leaders in all  schools who are working together to improve student performance,” said Superintendent Bret Towne.

When the program launched, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said it was to fill a need for greater professional development opportunities for Oklahoma’s principals.

“Principals are the instructional leaders of their schools. They build every school’s culture, find and keep its teachers and build capacity for academic success,” Hofmeister said. “It is important that, at the state level, we provide world-class opportunities for our state’s school principals to sharpen their skills and grow professionally. L2S offers a robust curriculum that will help to boost academic performance and foster effective environments for student growth.”