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Pennsylvania school districts and intermediate unit educational agencies have a mission. They must respond to increased accountability like never before. As a result of the No Child Left Behind federal legislation, all students must perform at least at the proficient level on state testing of Pennsylvania Standards by the year 2014. Low-performing schools need sustained increases in student performance while higher-performing schools must move from "good" to "great." We cannot expect school leaders to rise to this challenge without making sure that they are equipped with the right knowledge, skills and attitudes.

To accomplish this task, the Pennsylvania Department of Education established an education goal to create systems and structures for developing academic leadership focused on understanding the ways to boost student achievement. To help reinforce this goal, legislation (Act 45 of 2007) was enacted requiring school administrators to obtain their Act 48 hours in programs addressing the nine Pennsylvania Leadership Standards.

The Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Initiative will provide a statewide, standards-based leadership development and support system for school leaders at all levels through a delivery system that is cohort-based and embraces the regional collaboration of Intermediate Units and their partners.


Principal's Induction Program

The program is designed primarily for beginning principals who have less than five years of experience as a school leader. Included in this definition are Assistant Principals who have responsibility for some instructional tasks in their respective schools and have less that five years experience.

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Continuing Professional Education

Corollary Standards

The Corollary Standards Program is for principals and other administrators who have completed the Principal Induction Program (NISL Courses 1 and 4). The pre-requisite for enrolling in these courses (NISL Courses 2 or 3) is the completion of NISL Course 1. It is recommended that these courses be taken in sequence in order to protect the integrity and continuity of the sequenced curriculum. Completion of each course provides CPE credit that will help satisfy the Continuing Professional Education requirements of Act 45 of 2007 and Act 48.

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The PIL program will offer several three and five-day stand alone courses that address one or more of the Corollary Standards. Each course provides Act 48 PIL hours.

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