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Curriculum

The Lynch Leadership Academy year is specific, differentiated, and relevant. The curriculum targets the needs of each LLA Fellow and his/her school site, thereby giving the Fellow and coach the opportunity to focus on the needs of the individual school. 

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Throughout the year, Fellows have the opportunity, via the curriculum, targeted experiences, and coaching, to deepen their learning and to practice key skills. Our diverse curriculum is aligned to our core competencies and focuses on practical application of newly acquired skills. Our belief is that each course should provide participants opportunities to practice aspects of leadership and to receive critical feedback that will improve leader practice. All course delivery therefore uses a blended learning model. Participants first receive information and instruction and then are required to demonstrate application with critical peer feedback.

Fellows’ school-based work is grounded in reflection and feedback. We firmly believe that a leader’s ability to grow is based on self-awareness, one of our six competencies. As importantly as a Fellow’s own reflections are the various opportunities to receive and share peer feedback about practice. Throughout the year, each Fellow participates in a Critical Friends Group (CFG)—that group is charged with formally assessing each peer as part of the School Diagnosis and 360° Feedback Survey. Members of the CFGs also participate in informal school visits as members of the Leadership Team Meeting, providing feedback about each participant’s Leadership Growth Project.

Over the course of one year, Fellows will participate in:

-A 360° feedback survey
-A school review and diagnosis
-A two-day overnight retreat
-A two‐week summer institute
-Monthly data-driven professional workshops
-Local and out-of-state school visits
-Individualized coaching throughout the year

In addition to the above, Fellows enrolled in the Aspiring Principal Program complete a year-long residency along side an effective Mentor Principal. The school-based residency provides the aspiring principals authentic opportunities to practice key skills with feedback. The school-based residency includes experiences such as leading professional development, leading and facilitating leadership team meetings, observing and providing teachers feedback, engaging key stakeholders and the community, and managing the daily operations of a school.

Meet the Cohort

Megan Webb

Resident Fellow, Orchard Gardens K-8 School

Samantha Varano

Assistant Principal, Thomas A. Edison K-8 School

Marjorie Soto

Principal, Joseph J. Hurley Dual Language School

Mistie Parsons

Head of School, Phoenix Charter Academy

Abidemi Bisi Oyedele

Executive Director, MATCH Charter Public High School

Tom Nunan, Jr.

Principal, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School

Katharine Needham

Assistant Principal, Match Community Day Charter School

Pauline Lugira

Resident Fellow, The Dever/McCormack Middle School

Alex Lisak

Principal, Academy of the Pacific Rim

Deborah Langlois

Principal, Gardner Middle School

Kelly M. Hung

Principal, Phineas Bates Elementary School

Nicole Gittens

Principal, Urban Science Academy

Lisa Gilbert-Smith

Principal, Another Course to College

Jason Gallagher

Principal, Harvard Kent Elementary School

Christine Ann Evans

Principal, Saint Paul School

Aliece M. Dutson

Assistant Principal, Mission Grammar School

Jenna Cramer

Principal, Kilmer K-8 School

Robby Chisholm

Resident Fellow, Mather Elementary School

Stephanie Callahan

Head of Lower School, Salem Academy

Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes

Principal, Manning School

Emily Bozeman

Resident Fellow, The Elliot K-8 School

Meet the Alumni

Justin A. Vernon

Justin A. Vernon is the principal at Roger Clap Innovation School, a position he has held for one and a half years. More...

Sr. Lucy Veilleux

Sr. Lucy Veilleux is the principal at Lawrence Catholic Academy, a position she has held for five years. More...

Annie Sevelius

Annie Sevelius is the principal at the Conservatory Lab Charter School, a position she has held for three years. More...

Jillian C. Nesgos

Jillian C. Nesgos is the head of school at Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, a position she has held for eight years. More...

Eileen Nash

Eileen Nash is the principal at Beethoven & Ohrenberger Schools, a position she has held for nine years. More...

Erin L. Moulton

Erin L. Moulton is the principal at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, a position she has held for two years. More...

Lou Ann Melino

Lou Ann Melino is the principal of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, a position she has held for three years. More...

Lindsa McIntyre

Lindsa McIntyre is the principal at Jeremiah E. Burke High School, a position she has held for seven years. More...

Kim R. Mahoney

Kim R. Mahoney is the principal at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, a position she has held for four years. More...

Patricia Lampron

Patricia Lampron is the principal at Dr. William Henderson Inclusion Elementary School, a position she has held for four years. More...

Caitlin Keeton

Caitlin Keeton is the principal at St. Rose School, a position she has held for two years. More...

Rolandria Justice

Rolandria Justice is the principal at Alma del Mar Charter School, a position she has held for four years. More...

Paul Hays

Paul Hays is the principal at City on a Hill Charter Public, a position he has held for nine years. More...

Emily Glasgow

Emily Glasgow is the principal at Franklin D. Roosevelt K-8 School, a position she has held for six years. More...

Sarah Fiarman

Sarah Fiarman is the principal at Graham and Parks, a position she has held for three years. More...

Lisa Fasano

Lisa Fasano is the principal at St. Mary of the Hills School, a position she has held for five years. More...

Marco Curnen

Marco Curnen is the principal at Donald McKay K-8 School, a position he has held for three years. More...

Corbett Coutts

Corbett Coutts is the principal at Rogers Middle School, a position he has held for one and a half years. More...

Maria Cordon

Maria Cordon is the principal at James W. Hennigan School, a position she has held for one year. More...

Christopher Beza

Christopher Beza is the principal at Sacred Heart School, a position he has held for three years. More...

Tanya Freeman-Wisdom

Tanya Freeman-Wisdom is the headmaster at Community Academy of Science and Health, a position she has held for three years. More...

Cynthia Boyle

Cynthia Boyle is the principal at St. Mary of the Annunciation in Melrose, a position she has held for five years. More...

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