UofSC joins with Lexington One to create personalized degree program
The University of South Carolina’s Carolina CrED program personalized a degree program to meet the professional learning of SC educators. The Educational Leadership and Policies (EDLP) master’s program and Lexington School District One have joined together to create a Professional Development School District (PDS-D) partnership focused on developing school leaders who are advocates for children and each child’s access to high quality, challenging, and empowering learning each day. Through a special PDS-D cohort in the master’s program, the EDLP faculty and school district leaders of Lexington One have revised the master’s programs’ content to provide the administrative interns the opportunity to analyze leadership through a culturally affirming lens. The National Policy Board for Education Administration (2015) has standards that state leaders have a responsibility to be equitable and culturally responsive.
The University of South Carolina will share that they partnered with an entire school district to improve the quality of leadership preparation. It has been shown that through the Professional Development Schools-District the work is relevant, tailored to the unique context of a specific district, plus the issues, topics, and challenges are occurring in real time (Young et al., 2022). In Lexington School District One, the Director of Leadership Development and Continuous Improvement collaborated with the Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policies Program Coordinator to design a unique cohort of master level administrative interns who are representative of elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Lexington One studying to be student-centered leaders.