Troops to Principals Program streamlined to be less time-consuming

Published: February 26, 2014, 3:04 pm, by Debbie Kelley

troopsThe Colorado State Board of Education recently streamlined the School Leaders for America Troops to Principals Program in Colorado Springs School District 11.

Shortening the program’s training will lessen the time for military candidates to become professional Colorado school principals.

The board action allows combining School Leaders’ alternative principal licensure program with D-11’s principal induction program. That means the 11 required courses taught by School Leaders of America will be combined with the on-the-job training provided by D-11.

That will shorten the total training and cost to one year for a military intern principal to qualify for the Colorado professional principal license, said John Evans, School Leaders executive director.

School Leaders for America is a nonprofit organization that has trained new principals since 2004. The opportunity is open to former and retired members of the Armed Forces stationed at Fort Carson, Peterson, Schriever and Buckley Air Force Bases, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Applications are available at www.schoolleadersofcolorado.org.