New Arkansas Leadership Academy website coming soon …
Our ultimate goal for the newly envisioned Arkansas Leadership Academy is to realize educational equity and excellence for Arkansas students. Our vision is to be the state’s premier leadership development hub, where all educational leaders find professional learning pathways to best meet their needs while developing leadership capacity to result in systemic change, leading to improved teaching and learning.
APSRC was unanimously approved by the State Board of Education on December 10, 2020, to be the new operator for the Arkansas Leadership Academy beginning July 1, 2021. APSRC has partnered with Arkansas State University and EDUTAS at the University of Oklahoma.
Join us in welcoming Frisinger as New Master Principal Program Director
The Arkansas Leadership Academy is pleased to announce Dondi Frisinger as the new Master Principal Program (MPP) Director beginning July 1, 2021. Frisinger is a 33-year educator and an Arkansas Designated Master School Principal (2011) with numerous awards and accolades, including Arkansas Principal of the Year (2014) and National Distinguished Principal (2014).
Frisinger has served as a building-level leader for 23 years in the Springdale and Fayetteville School Districts. She brings expertise as a collaborative leader, who readily shares her knowledge and experience with other Arkansas educators.
“Knowing I have the potential to make a positive impact on children and adults fuels my fire,” Frisinger said. “I am ignited by the possibilities in my new position as the Master Principal Program Director!”
2021-2022 Applications for the Master Principal Program Phase I
The Arkansas Leadership Academy applications for Phase I cohort of the 2021-22 Master Principal Program are available online at:
2021-2022 Phase I Application and Signed Expectations
The deadline for submission of Phase I applications is noon on Thursday, June 30, 2021.
The Arkansas Leadership Academy will expand its reach to all regions of the state through a hybrid delivery model of virtual and face-to-face learning. This will provide participants personalized options to leverage their leadership potential from the classroom to the board room while increasing access through universal leadership development services available to ALL educators.
The new Arkansas Leadership Academy will:
- Be a change agent supporting student-focused education,
- authentic school improvement outcomes, and
- Arkansas’s ESSA Plan.
As a comprehensive leadership development program, the following three evidence-based focus areas will pervade all programmatic offerings:
- Collaborative Leadership
- Collective Efficacy
- Cultural Competence
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The Arkansas Leadership Academy is made possible through a grant provided by the Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and is a partnership of: