LEAD 21 Program
LEAD 21 is an initiative by the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning that makes the Arkansas Tech Master of Education degree in educational leadership available to selected teachers in Pulaski County, the Delta region, and districts throughout Arkansas that have priority schools or schools in need of improvement.
LEAD 21 will create a cadre of leaders that will help schools develop leadership capacity within their districts as positions become available. Our goal is to measure the impact of the program in both student achievement and building success.
The program, which is made possible through a $974,157 grant from the Walton Family Foundation, began in summer 2013 with an inaugural cohort of 20 graduate students. The second cohort of Walton Leader Scholars began its studies on May 30, 2014.
Courses are delivered through a blended format of online course offerings and seminars.
LEAD 21 will identify potential leaders in difficult to serve areas. Participants will commit to a rigorous two-year graduate program, and they will also make a commitment to remain as educators in Arkansas for two years after their graduation.
Teachers interested in participating in the LEAD 21 program must meet the geographic requirements of the program, submit an application, take part in a written assessment, and be interviewed by representatives from the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning.