The mission of CfUT is to identify, prepare, and support high-performing urban teachers and leaders. Since school leaders play an important role in supporting teachers and developing high-performing schools, a priority for CfUT is the recruitment, selection, and training of school leaders for choice and charter schools. CfUT shares the reality that you can have a great classroom with a great teacher, but a great school leader can set a vision that empowers and pushes a team to create a great school. As a result, in the summer of 2012, CfUT launched the Summer School Leadership Development Program. It allows critical partners to nominate potential leaders that they desire to develop for future leadership positions and creates a pipeline of leaders to expand existing or launch new summer school sites.
The summer school leadership team’s primary role is to train, lead, and oversee the instruction, culture, and operations of a summer school site for six weeks, two weeks of training and four weeks of summer school. As part of that role, during two weeks of intensive team building and training sessions the leadership team helps to facilitate high-impact professional development sessions to aspiring teachers that ensure participants internalize the traits and skills necessary to be excellent beginning teachers. Leadership team assignments are determined based on the candidate’s profile, skills, and previous experiences in leadership to best meet each candidate’s needs and phase of development. Starting compensation is $3,000.
- Identify, prepare, and support high-performing urban teachers and leaders.
- Support efforts to create a pipeline of high-performing leaders in the city.
Candidates must be nominated by a CfUT school leader, teacher, coach, or partner organization and meet the following qualifications:
- A minimum of 2-3 years of teaching experience, preferably in an urban classroom
- Demonstrated success as a teacher
- Viewed as a Christian leader among their peers
- Uses data to identify and implement the right next steps
- Connects and builds deep, trusting one-on-one relationships
- Gains “buy-in” from others, even those who are initially skeptical
- Makes smart choices about which things to prioritize
- Strives to constantly improve at whatever they do
- Thrives under pressure
- Sets and achieves big goals
- Takes initiative and is a self-starter
- Stays focused on the positive
- Passion to explore and/or aspiration to become a school leader in the city
- Belief that the teacher is the number one determining factor in student achievement
- Alignment with and personal investment in the CfUT’s mission, vision, and values
- Qualifying nominated candidates are then reviewed by CfUT team members through both classroom observation and interviews.
CfUT Selection Process
The initial application/screening process is conducted through CfUT to find individuals that would be a good fit and strong additions to the program and the summer school leadership staff.
- Candidates must be nominated by a CfUT school leader, teacher, coach, or partner.
- Candidates are interviewed by a CfUT team member using questions designed to assess their alignment with the selection criteria.
- Candidates are observed in their current role for evidence of the selection criteria by a CfUT team member.
Before the six-week summer school program begins, selected leaders meet during the spring semester to engage in a book study on the qualities of a leader and actively engage in the following seminars and project work:
- Vision casting to create vision carriers
- Inspiring a staff culture founded on respect, trust, and open communication
- Building a great student culture to forge strong character that lasts
- Moving teachers from good to great through effective coaching
- Conducting data analysis to set goals and track progress
- Providing critical feedback on lesson planning that moves and improves teaching
- Logistics of leadership: time management & organization
- Designing and presenting effective professional development
Support of Candidates
During summer school, the summer school leadership team meets weekly to discuss best practices, share ideas and resources, and problem solve. The leadership team is also paired up to conduct peer-to-peer observations at another summer school site at least twice during the summer school term.
Tentative Summer 2020 Details
Leadership Training Dates:
Tuesdays March-May from 5-8pm
- 3/13-3/14: Leader Overnight Retreat, 3/17: No Session, 3/24: Session 1, 3/31: Session 2, 4/7: Session 3, 4/21: Session 4, 4/28: Session 5, 5/5: Session 6, 5/12: Session 7, 5/19: Session 8, 5/26 : Session 9, 6/2: Session 10, 6/9: Session 11
Staff Team Building and Training Dates:
- June 10th – June 24th Monday-Friday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- *Note: There is one overnight camping trip June 11th-12th *
Summer School Dates:
- June 25th – July 24th Monday-Friday 7:00 AM- 5:00 PM
- *Wednesdays: Early Dismissal @1:00 PM; Weekly evening professional development meetings are scheduled for Wednesdays during the Summer School session until 5:30 pm and leaders are required to attend.
- *No School on July 3
Sample Daily Schedule:
- 7:45 Breakfast
- 8:00 Student Assembly
- 8:30 – 12:00 Academic Engagement: Literacy and Math
- 12:00-12:30 Lunch
- 12:30 – 2:00 Enrichment Activities
- 2:00-5:00 Feedback and coaching meetings
“Participating in the CfUT and Character Formation Project lessons, devotions, and book talks helped me reflect and grow in the specific virtues of self-sacrifice, trust, empathy, persistence, and stewardship. This combined with the summer school leadership experience resulted in the opportunity for me to work intentionally to improve on these virtues.“
“The summer school program has helped enhance a number of character traits and confirmed the importance of having great character to be a great leader.“