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BY SUSAN McLESTER

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tart with the assumption
that leadership is everywhere and in everyone,"
says Andrew Olson, principal of Progress Village Middle Magnet
School of the Arts. "Then, think about
how to structure a capacity-building
program that takes advantage of it."
Olson is one of 244 principals in
Tampa, Florida's Hillsborough County
Public Schools, one of six large urban
districts across the country that since
2011 have been involved in The Wallace
Foundation's "principal pipeline"
initiative-designed to grow more
effective principals.
At the helm of the initiative at
Hillsborough is Tricia McManus, assistant superintendent of educational
leadership and professional development. She is in charge of all levels of
professional development for the district,
including building capacity in teachers,
aspirational principals, current principals,
and principal supervisors. A sampling
of the program she's put in place to do

this features a Preparing New Principals
Program, a Principal Induction Program,
and Coaching for Success.
With a mandate to cultivate leadership in others as part of their job
description and with district guidelines
indicating the what that principals must
do, Hillsborough County principals are
nevertheless given the autonomy to build
their own leadership growth programs,
leaving the how up to them. "You need
to give people the individual freedom to
be innovative," McManus says.
Olson and two other Hillsborough
principals share their approaches to
developing leadership capacity in others,
and how empowering staff members to
rise as leaders creates a stronger learning environment for students.

Development by Design
Progress Village serves 870 students in
grades 6 through 8, and it offers a range
of unique electives, such as keyboarding, dance theater, costume design,
and culinary arts. School admission is

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