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Principal Leadership Institute setting class

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) today announced that the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for its first class, which will begin on July 17.

During the 2013 legislative session, Banks authored a new law - Senate Enrolled Act 402 - that created the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute through Indiana State University's Bayh College of Education. The Institute will teach new leadership, management and communication techniques to public school principals who enroll in the program.

Fifty principals are invited to join the two-year program's first class. Participants will be required to attend five seminars each year and will have the opportunity to interact with established educators in their communities.

The curriculum focuses on developing and implementing personal and school improvement plans, facilitating action research projects and building a network with other administrators to gain support beyond the Institute.

Principals interested in applying for the first class should apply online at

A one-time financial contribution of $1,000 from the school corporation is required for participation, as it cements both the commitment of the principal and superintendent to the program.