Leadership Evolution Program
“Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school.”
Leithwood, Seashore Louis, Anderson and Wahlstrom, 2004
Offering a Year of Support and Learning for Principals
Leadership Evolution at Resource Training and Solutions provides both new and experienced principals with a year of learning focused on leadership theory, put into action. Principals create a network of colleagues within their cohort and build a trusted relationship with an experienced principal mentor through online and face-to-face personalized mentoring.
Leadership Evolution is designed for active principals—for those who are new to the position, and for those with experience who want to further develop their leadership capacity.
Leadership Evolution is comprised of quarterly seminars, site visits and an online learning environment. A partnership with Bethel University allows principals and mentors to earn up to three credits for their participation in Leadership Evolution and to apply to Bethel's masters of education program with a modified application process. The cost for the 2019-20 year is $1,900.
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The Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD) cites the following as evidence of the impact of a principal on student learning:
"The effects of principal leadership will occur indirectly through the principal's efforts to influence those who come into more frequent direct contact with students … . Achieving results through others is the essence of leadership.
- School leaders are instrumental in facilitating professional learning communities focused on student learning.
- Principals exert indirect influence on student achievement through their effect on school climate.
- The more school leaders focus their relationships, their work, and their learning on the core business of teaching and learning, the greater their influence on student outcomes.
- Wise principals understand that they cannot reach instructional goals alone. In fact, principals who distribute leadership across their schools contribute to sustainable improvements within the school organization.
- Principals who focus on school improvement have more effective schools.
- Principals of high-achieving schools communicate to all stakeholders that learning is the school's most important mission."
Meet the 2018 & 2019 Mentors
Atwater, Cosmos, Grove City Schools (ACGC)
Kodi Goracke is in her seventh year as the PK-4 Elementary Principal in the Atwater, Cosmos, Grove City School District (ACGC). Prior to becoming a principal, she spent seven years teaching special education at ACGC. In her first three years as principal, Kodi gained experience and knowledge in school improvement efforts specifically in the areas of goal setting and implementation, school climate and culture, standards and curriculum alignment, equitable education for all students and data collection. Most recently, Kodi has guided the work of ACGC elementary teachers in developing standards-based curriculum, assessments and report cards, school-wide obtainable goal setting in regard to ESSA and implementation of social emotional learning for staff and students.
Liann M. Hanson
Belle Plaine Schools
Liann Hanson began her educational career in the 27J School District in Brighton, Colorado. While in Colorado, she taught 3rd grade bilingual for five years, was an assistant principal for two years, and opened a new school and was principal for four years. Liann is now starting her eighth year as principal in Belle Plaine Public Schools. Liann received her bachelor's degree in elementary education, Spanish, and athletic coaching from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D. She then earned her master's degree in K-12 administration and policy studies from the University of Denver. Liann also received her Ph.D. in K-12 administration and policy studies from the University of Denver with her dissertation focusing on female superintendents and their career pathways. Liann and her husband live in Belle Plaine with their 1-year-old son, Traeger. Liann enjoys reading, running, and watching sports.
Craig Paulson has been the program director of Bethel's Doctor of Education and K12 administrator licenses program since 2006. He is the former principal of Cambridge-Isanti High School and Cambridge Middle School, which was named a National School of Excellence. Before his years in Cambridge, he taught economics and law at Coon Rapids High School. He was a U.S. Navy officer, worked for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith on Wall Street, New York, and Prudential Insurance Company home office in Newark, New Jersey.
Darren Schuler began his educational career in the Watertown-Mayer School District as a second grade teacher. He also coached football, basketball, and baseball during his seven years in the district. Darren's first administrative position was in the Lanesboro School District where he was K-6 principal and activities director for three years. In 2013, Darren transitioned to Milaca Public Schools where he was K-6 principal for two years. Darren's current position is principal of Delano Elementary in which has been the educational leader for the past 13 years. In 2013, Delano Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. Darren received his bachelor's degree from Mankato State University and earned his master's degree in curriculum and instruction from St. Thomas University. He completed his administrative licensure at St. Mary's University in 2000, and is currently enrolled in the Superintendent Licensure Program at St. Mary's University. Darren and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 24 years and have two children: Claudia (18) and Sam (16). Darren enjoys biking, fishing walleyes, and all kinds of exercise.
Leadership in K-12 Administration Doctoral Program
Tracy Reimer is the Program Director of the Leadership in K-12 Administration Doctoral Program at Bethel University. Prior to joining the Bethel faculty, she served 10 years as the elementary principal and two years as the K-12 district curriculum coordinator in Annandale, Minn. Tracy holds a Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum & Instruction; Literacy Education from the University of Minnesota.