Leadership Hamilton County Schools Program Open For Participants

Monday, July 16, 2018

Hamilton County Schools has developed a new way for community leaders to experience the school district and the rewards and challenges of preparing the community’s children for future success.  Leadership Hamilton County Schools is coming this fall to foster informed citizen leaders and transform communities.  The series of sessions will begin in September and run through April of next year. 


Participants in the new program will experience the district’s vision for becoming an improving school district in Tennessee, governance processes in public education, how the district is preparing graduates for success, developing a school district budget, and engaging the community in our schools.

  The participants will even have the opportunity to become a “principal for the day” to see what it is like to run a public school.


Leadership Hamilton County Schools will broaden participants knowledge of the school district, increase the number and effectiveness of education advocates in the community, equip community leaders to respond to the challenges faced by Hamilton County Schools and public education, and provide connections to community leaders.


The size of the first class is limited to 20 participants. The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, with notification coming to those selected to be in the first Leadership HCS class by Aug. 13.  Tuition for the seven-session program is $100.  Applicants are required to reside or be employed within Hamilton County and be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.


Review the list of session dates below to make sure you will be available for dates in the program.






Session Topic

Session #1

Sept. 18, 2018


HCS Vision: District Overview

Session #2

Oct. 16, 2018


Governance in Public Education

Session #3

Nov. 13, 2018


Future Ready Students: Education in the 21stCentury

Session #4

Jan. 23, 2019


Principal for a Day

Session #5

Feb. 12, 2019


Efficient and Effective Operations

Session #6

March 12, 2019


Engaged Community

Session #7

April 16, 2019


HCS Budget/Graduation


A link to the application is here: bit.ly/leadershiphcsapp


If you have questions or need more information about the program, contact Janelle Drake at drake_j@hcde.org.


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