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Courageous Principals Training

Deloitte's award-winning, experiential school leadership development program

Deloitte’s Courageous Principals training program is an award-winning school leadership development program that equips K-12 district leaders, superintendents, principals, and assistant principals, with the necessary skills to become more effective school leaders and ensure the millions of students in our schools today can reach their full potential.

50 million students. How can we reach them all?

The single biggest impact on the future of communities will be made by the children who are in schools right now. It’s important, then, to bolster what shapes their performance, what makes them stronger and more capable, what influences their ability to lead. It turns out that principal leadership is a significant factor driving high performance of students. School leaders are uniquely positioned to impact teacher performance and student outcomes. The more effective principals are as leaders, the more resourceful, instructive, and effective our school systems can become.

Making a big problem smaller. Over one million students reached.

In the US, there are approximately 50 million students, over 3 million teachers, and an estimated 230,000 principals. You can see that focusing on the school leaders who impact the entire school ecosystem takes a big problem and makes it smaller.

Since 2013, Deloitte’s Courageous Principals training program has been delivered to thousands of school leaders, impacting over one million students globally.

Immediately as people come through the doors at Deloitte University, they get an experience unlike any other professional development opportunity they’ve had. They’re being welcomed and trained as professionals–as leaders who carry the torch for their school. They’re here to improve their craft so they can have a bigger impact on others.

– Lizette Ridgeway, Director of School Improvement at Texas Education Agency

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Participant eligibility and how to apply

This program is offered to superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and/or other similar district-level or administrative leader positions ONLY: Teachers are not permitted. School leaders in administrative positions are considered on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted to Deloitte for review and approval. Due to limited seating and a lengthy waitlist, the program is only open to first-time participants.

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About Deloitte

Deloitte is led by a purpose: To make an impact that matters. This purpose defines who we are and extends to relationships with our clients, our people and our communities. We believe that business has the power to inspire and transform. We focus on education, giving, skill-based volunteerism, and leadership to help drive positive social impact in our communities. The Courageous Principals program is one way that Deloitte combines traditional volunteering, skills-based volunteering, and use of its intellectual capital to help drive change in education. Learn more about Deloitte’s impact on the world. And click here for information on other ways Deloitte is driving change in education.

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