BU launches new Principals Academy for local education leaders

For immediate release: June 4, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will soon offer its first-ever Principals Academy, enabling local principals and school administrators a chance to earn continuing education credits closer to home.

The academy, slated to begin in September, is an approved Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) principal induction program and written to meet the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Core Standards. It targets first-year principals, although veteran principals and school administrators can also participate.

Thomas J. Starmack, assistant professor of educational studies and secondary education at BU, will be the academy's lead instructor. Tracy L. Krum, a BU graduate and principal of Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School in Lewisburg, will assist Starmack with instruction.

State legislation requires newly hired principals to complete an induction course and administrators to get special continuing education credits.

"Our principals and administrators now have access to a local program, rather than having to travel great distances," Starmack said. "Also, there will be a network of principals in the area to work with our program."

Starmack said the closest PDE program previously was in Lycoming County.

The academy is a three-year program, beginning with instruction on leadership and improving student achievement. The second year focuses on understanding the Standards Aligned Systems and the final year covers implementing systematic changes.

Academy participants will earn between 25 and 36 PDE Act 45 PIL hours per year.

For more information, including registration, contact BU's Corporate and Continuing Education office at (570) 389-4420 or visit www.bloomu.edu/ce.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.