Executive Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning
Denise Rodriguez

Coordinator of Talent Development
Didi Johnson

Administrator on Special Assignment
Lisa Slover

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Professional Growth Resources

Proud recipient of the Wallace Foundation Grant for Leadership Preparation

The Wallace Foundation seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of arts for everyone. The foundation has an unusual approach: funding efforts to test innovative ideas for solving important public problems, conducting research to find out what works and what doesn’t and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help others. Read more about their grant initiative for principal preparation

Exploring Leadership Event

Are you thinking about the idea of expanding your education by seeking a degree in Educational Leadership?
This meeting will provide an orientation to individuals interested in pursuing educational leadership in St. Lucie Public Schools.

2024 Exploring Leadership Information Session
Tuesday, May 21st, 2024
Online Meeting
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ELITE: Educational Leadership Internships to Excellence

ELITE is a collaborative Educational Leadership Master’s Cohort Program in partnership with Florida Atlantic University. ELITE Program Candidates are nominated by Principals to be accepted into the program. The ELITE Program classes are taught by SLPS Leadership. Internships are provided that offer real-life school-based experiences. Due to the rigor and experiences provided in this master’s program, ELITE participants who successfully complete the program and earn their degree will be automatically accepted into the SLPS Assistant Principal Pool.



Aspiring Assistant Principal Academy

The goal of the Aspiring Assistant Principal Academy (AAPA) is to provide leadership training to interested candidates to prepare them for Assistant Principal positions with St. Lucie Public Schools. Participation in this academy will be required to interview for the Assistant Principal Pool. If a similar program was completed in another county/state this requirement will be waived. Documentation of program completion is needed as part of the Assistant Principal application.

Aspiring AP Academy Informational Flyer 2023

Click here to apply for the Aspiring AP Academy
*2024-2025 Aspiring AP Academy application date will be released Summer 2024*
Application Due September 15, 2023
Application Download

Assistant Principal Pool Training

SLPS provides additional training to prepare applicants who plan to apply for the AP Pool.  Seven individual sessions are offered with Session # 1 providing an overview of the framework of the AP Pool Process.  Each following session is designed to specialize in a specific task of the AP Pool Process. All of the sessions are optional and can be taken individually.  Each session has a separate Frontline code and TEAMS link. **The Excel sessions #3 and #6 will be held in person at the SLPS District Office.

Assistant Principal Pool Training for 2023-2024

Applying for an Assistant Principal Position in SLPS

To be eligible to apply for an Assistant Principal position in St. Lucie Public Schools. Applicants must hold an advanced degree in Educational Leadership or Educational Administration from an accredited university, have earned a passing score on the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE), successfully completed the Aspiring Assistant Principal Academy and hold a certification of Educational Leadership K-12 from the State of Florida.

Once you meet the above requirements, potential candidates must apply for the Assistant Principal (General) position posted in the SLPS FastTrack application system.

Next Steps will be:

* Applications will be screened

* Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a task-assessment

* Based upon success with the task-assessment, applicants will be scheduled to interview with district leadership

* Applicants that pass the task-assessment and interview process will be placed in the Assistant Principal Pool of qualified candidates for any open Assistant Principal positions

When Assistant Principal positions become available in St. Lucie Public Schools, Principals will select qualified candidates from the Assistant Principal pool for consideration to fill these positions.

Out of District/State Candidates will need to provide with their application evidence that they have completed a program that is equivalent in nature to the SLPS Aspiring Assistant Principal Academy. If your District/State does not offer an equivalency program, please contact Talent Development for more options.


AP Hiring Process

Assistant Principal Induction Support Program

When you are first hired as an Assistant Principal in SLPS, you will be provided a support system of a mentor that will be assigned from a like school. Newly hired Assistant Principals will also be assigned to a collaborative cohort that will meet periodically. These meetings will provide professional growth opportunities, guest speakers and an opportunity to support each other through the first year as an Assistant Principal in SLPS.

Preparing New Principal Academy (School Principal Certification)

The Preparing New Principal Academy’s goal is to provide leadership training to meet the requirements to earn the Florida School Principal Certification and to prepare candidates for a principal position with St. Lucie Public Schools. Participation in this academy is a required component to be eligible for a Florida School Principal Certificate.

The PNP Academy includes an opportunity for a shadowing experience and other job embedded professional development. The academy consists of a mentorship, face-to-face and on-line learning sessions. Each participant must attend all the sessions and complete all the related assignments to be given the opportunity to interview and present to senior leadership for the recommendation for a School Principal Certification.

Candidates applying for the Preparing New Principal Academy must have the following:

* Applicants must have completed 3 years of site-based school administrative experience with final evaluation ratings of effective or highly effective

* Provide a completed application and essay

* Have a signed agreement from your current principal indicating an intent to provide support and mentorship throughout the course of the program

* Provide a copy of a current resume

Informational Flyer 2023

Preparing Principal Academy

Click here to apply for the Preparing New Principals Level 2 Academy (School Principal Certification)
PNP Level 2 Academy Application 2023-2024
**The application window is now closed for 2023-2024.**
Application Download

Applying for a Principal Position in St. Lucie Public Schools

Principal Hiring Process

Principal Induction Program

The Principal Induction Program is a 1-year support program. Upon being hired as a new Principal in SLPS, you will be assigned a mentor Principal. You will also become a member of a cohort of new Principals that will meet periodically to provide professional growth and support.