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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The University of Tampa (Educational Leadership and Professional Development)
In order to prepare leaders to serve in the district’s highest needs schools, Leadership Development has partnered with The University of Tampa to design an Educational Leadership Master’s Degree Program with an emphasis on leading school turnaround. Educational Leadership is required to become an assistant principal in the state of Florida and is, therefore, needed to enter the Hillsborough Principal Pipeline. The purpose of the degree is to prepare and ensure a talented pool of leaders is always ready to be placed into assistant principal positions in high-needs schools.  

The MOU describes the partnership the district will maintain with The University of Tampa. Staff from both organizations will work together to select a yearly cohort of talented teachers to enter the program. Both organizations will also work together to design a comprehensive curriculum with relevant field experiences. Hillsborough staff will provide ongoing feedback to continue to strengthen the quality and relevancy of participant learning experiences.

• Improve the high school graduation rate • Recruit, support, and retain a highly effective and diverse workforce
There will be a financial impact associated with the tuition costs for each of the cohorts.  These costs will be paid from Title 1 dollars. The district will pay tuition for 15 participants at $9000.00 each for a total of $135,000.00.
University of Tampa is an approved provider for level 1 certification, which is the Educational Leadership Degree.  This being The University of Tampa’s inaugural year of the program, data is not yet available on viability of the program’s outcomes. However, an extensive evaluation process has been established to determine graduate outcomes for the leaders placed in the Masters of Ed program and then into Assistant Principal positions in the district.  In-depth tracking and continuous performance evaluation of graduates will be key factors in determining program success and course corrections throughout the year.
SUBMITTED BY:  Tricia McManus, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Leadership and Professional Development
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Business Officer
(813) 272-4270
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
    C 6.22
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170404_809 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.22