The Arkansas Leadership Academy is proud to announce that Terri Kane, Principal at Newport High School, has completed Phase III of the Master Principal Institute.

Brasel stated, “The Master Principal Program (MPP) has provided me with the best professional development that I have had in my 20 years of education. Based upon their five leadership performance strands, the program has given me practical tools and assisted me in how to establish a vision, transform culture, lead change efforts, transform teaching and learning, and manage the accountability systems in my school. The MPP has also allowed me to build lasting relationships with great leaders across the state. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of the MPP and encourage all building-level principals to apply for the program. It will change their leadership and will result in great things for kids.”

Established in 1991, the Arkansas Leadership Academy is a nationally recognized statewide partnership of thirteen universities; nine professional associations; fifteen educational cooperatives; the Arkansas Departments of Education, Higher Education, the Department of Workforce Education; the Arkansas Educational Television Network, Tyson Foods, Inc; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the Walton Family Foundation for a total of 51 Partners.

The Master Principal Program was established by the Arkansas 84th General Assembly in the Second Extraordinary Session of 2003 and signed into law as Act 44.

The Master Principal Program is a three phased program. Selection for Phase I participants is based on responses to questions on the application and on achieving a state-wide balance using demographic information. 

Admission to the second phase of the program requires submission of a portfolio documenting the application of the lessons learned from the first phase and the results of that work to improve student and adult learning in that school.

To be admitted to the third phase, principals must complete a rigorous portfolio application process that includes evidence of their impact on education at the district, state, and local levels. These portfolios are evaluated by stakeholders in education from Arkansas as well as from across the nation. Portfolio scorers receive training through the Arkansas Leadership Academy. After successful completion of all three phases, principals are eligible to apply for Master Principal Designation.