The Power of Our Cohort Model and its Embedded Networking
Why do we use a Cohort Model? One of the key factors in learning is the impact of community-the people with whom we learn and from. Our Cohort Model provides an active, interactive, and dynamic setting for leaders to grow their knowledge and skills. We bring leaders together to build community, foster creativity, hone their leadership skills, and encourage personal growth. The cohort model is the togetherness model. As participants study together, they develop strong relationships, which transcends course material into life skill training, valuable networking, and professional friendships.
Research on principal preparation and development programs indicate that five program features are essential to the development of effective school leaders. “Evidence indicates that effective programs are (1) research-based, (2) have curricular coherence, (3) provide experience in authentic contexts, (4) use cohort groupings and mentors, and are (5) structured to enable collaborative activity between the program and area schools.” Leadership Partners professional development offers all five of these program qualities. (Davis, Linda-Darling Hammond, LaPoint & Meyerson, 2005).
To create the cohort model, we are intentional about everything. It is all the little things done with fidelity that help to build the model. It is also the big things that become “the way we do business.” We are excited to offer you an exceptional cohort model that will enhance your leadership and your life.
Participants were very strategically networked among themselves (26 districts/48 schools state wide, n=90, Spring 2019). Participants were asked about the networking they experienced via the Cohort Model using the prompts below.
The networking opportunities were of value to me. 96% Strongly Agree/Agree
The networking opportunities allowed me to learn and apply new tools/strategies in my school and/or district. 98% Strongly Agree/Agree
We had enough networking opportunities during programming. 90% Strongly Agree/Agree
What school and district Leaders are saying about our Cohort Model:
“I feel as though I’ve made lasting connections with individuals who will help me to grow as a campus leader.” — Elementary Principal
“I have a wider network of colleagues that I can use as partners…I have a better understanding of myself and my impact of leadership on others. I have a better sense of my own personal goals.” -Secondary Principal