The University of Southern Mississippi recently established the Instructional Leadership Center under the direction of Dr. Ronald Styron, associate professor in the College of Education and Psychology.
Created to strengthen the connection between theory and practice, the center will provide training for administrators with the goal of improving student achievement from pre-school through grade 12. A member of the International Network of Principal Centers, it is modeled after the Harvard Leadership Center.
Representatives of the center will also work with local schools to recognize outstanding administrative practices, develop induction programs and internships and create partnerships aimed at addressing school and district accountability.
The center recently hosted its first induction ceremony to honor Cindy Jackson, Tammy Wolverton, Dr. Wanda Bradley, Dr. Jan Griffin, Dr. Andy Parker and Dr. Laurie Pitre as Founding Fellows. The group was commended for their work to help develop the center.
As additional Founding Fellows are inducted, the center will have the ability to further develop the mentoring program for graduating administrators. For more information on the center, call the Southern Miss Gulf Coast College of Education and Psychology at 228.214.3274.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast .