Boston Public Schools offers a number of opportunities for those looking to build leadership skills. 

School Leader Coaching and Mentoring 

Once new school leaders are identified, there are also supports in place to further sharpen and enhance skills and abilities in instructional leadership, management and operations, and family and community partnerships.
This support begins with the New Principal Institute, during which central office departments and Network Superintendents orient new leaders and provide training and information with specificity for particular school sites.  First-year principals are also assigned a coach from a cadre of retired BPS principals, headmasters, or academic superintendents, as well as a mentor in the form of a current BPS principal. New principals and headmasters also attend monthly seminars to receive ongoing guidance and professional learning in many areas including: budget and finance, resource alignment, recruitment, effective data use, and other timely topics. There will also be “on-demand” professional learning based on the needs of each cohort of school leaders.


Lynch Principal Fellowship Program 

This year-long principal fellowship program is a new partnership between the Boston Public Schools and Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College. The program provides each Fellow with a full salary for one year, a school-based residency with a highly effective BPS principal/headmaster, professional development by national experts, and licensure as a school administrator. Candidates are current educators who demonstrate the mission, vision and skills to successfully close achievement gaps, have a track record of improving academic outcomes for students, are focus on data-driven results, and possess strong management skills and interpersonal skills.

Download the LPFP flyer here. 


Graduates of the program will possess strong management skills and effective interpersonal skills; knowledge and skills to close achievements gaps; and strategies to maintain a focus on student achievement results and data-driven results.

By investing substantially in the preparation of very strong, talented future principals, the BPS expects that each Fellow – upon successful completion of the fellowship – will commit to serving as a principal in the Boston Public Schools for a minimum of three years. 

Why does BPS need this program?

Over the next few years, BPS expects to have a substantial turnover of school leaders.  This program will help to ensure that the children of Boston will receive principals and headmasters who are strong instructional leaders, effective building managers, and agents of change who will shrink the Achievement Gap.  

Application Information 

Apply, or nominate someone for the program: 

Project Lead & Contact Information:

Kris Taylor (


Aspiring Principals Program (APP)

The Aspiring Principals Program is designed to attract strong educators to become principals/headmasters in the Boston Public Schools. Participants will engage with district school leaders and colleagues to improve instructional and operational knowledge, and to enhance skills specific to becoming a principal/headmaster in the Boston Public Schools. The program focuses on the power of the principalship to improve teacher practice and increase learning outcomes for students. This program is for those who possess an administrator license.
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  • Improve the instructional leadership and management skills of current educators in the Boston Public Schools who are passionate about leading others to close student achievement gaps.
  • Identify and train school leaders to become a principal/headmaster for the upcoming school year.
  • Capitalize on the knowledge and skills current BPS educators have of the district and translate those skills to school leadership.


Why does BPS need this program?

Close to 25% of BPS principals and headmasters retire or leave the district each year. Our hope it to retain more leaders with better preparation and support and to have a cadre of trained leaders poised to take on leadership roles when the need arises. 

Project lead & contact information

Kris Taylor ( 378-2642

School Administration Manager Program

School Administration Manager (SAM) is a professional development process using a unique set of tools to change a principal’s focus from school management tasks to instructional leadership—activities directly connected to improving teaching and learning.

The SAM process uses a unique data collection process called Time/Task Analysis™ to determine how much instructional, management and personal time a principal uses. The principal is “shadowed” for five days with data collected every five minutes. This creates a time use baseline. The principal then uses TimeTrack™ to begin increasing instructional time each day. The shadowing is repeated annually as an external check on progress.

SAMs in Boston

The BPS piloted the SAMs process to improve school leaders’ time spent on instructional leadership in eight schools during the 2012-13 school year. In 2013-14 school year, BPS will expand the pilot to a total of 28 schools across the City of Boston. This process will support participating school leaders by ensuring that they receive the requisite coaching support to develop structures to allow them to leverage their instructional knowledge for whole-school improvement.

Does SAMs Work?  

Independent and external research has determined that principals gain the equivalent of 27 extra days of instructional leadership time in their first year using the SAM process (Policy Studies Associates, 2011). By the third year, the gain of instructional leadership time exceeds 55 days. The process is designed to help the principal reflect on how to best work with teachers to improve teaching and learning, and act on goals to ensure equitable use of instructional leadership time.