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Leadership Pathways Mission

The mission of Leadership Pathways is to increase the number of extraordinary leaders serving at every level of operation in Seminole County Public Schools through experiential learning and reflective practice.

Leadership Pathways, a function of Human Resources, is designed to be a support system for Seminole County educators on all levels to develop and hone leadership skills.

Through various initiatives, such as the Leadership Pathways Aspiring Leaders Cohorts, “Leadership Plus” Experiences and summer internships, participants learn through experience and reflection.

Services Rendered: 

Principal Certification Academy

  • Assistant principals who meet the eligibility requirements below are invited to participate in the Principal Certification Academy to work toward Level II Principal Certification. The Principal Certification Academy is designed to be completed in two (2) years.
  • Requirements:
    • Hold a valid Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate with Educational Leadership
    • Currently employed as an SCPS Assistant Principal; minimum 2 years’ experience as an Assistant Principal with consecutive Summative Performance ratings of Effective or Highly Effective
    • Performance-based Letter of recommendation from current principal (see PCA Application for requirements)
    • Principal Certification Academy Application and Resume

      Foundational Leadership Trainings

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Zenger Folkman Elevating Feedback
  • True Colors

      Book Studies

  • Assistant Principals participate in and/or lead small groups in the discussion of foundational leadership texts such as Good to Great by Jim Collins, Mindset by Carol Dweck, Excellence Through Equity by Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro Noguera, Solving Disproportionality and Achieving Equity by Edward Fergus, and How to be Exceptional by John Zenger and Joseph Folkman.

New Administrator Network

  • Principals and assistant principals in their first two years of service form a network of educators focused on improving the educational outcomes of students in Seminole County Public Schools while evaluating and refining the skills in the areas of instructional leadership and operational efficacy.

Leadership Pathways Aspiring Leaders 

  • Leadership Pathways Aspiring Leaders/Leadership Labs are designed for teacher leaders who are interested in developing their leadership skills.  There are no pre-qualifications. Teacher leaders who are interested in becoming master teachers, PLC leaders, coaches, district teacher leaders, deans, or school administration managers are invited to attend.   It is a great way to network with others and let district leaders know you are interested in expanding your role.   

Leadership “Plus” Experiences

Aspiring leaders are invited to participate in “plus” experiences as they come available as described below:

  • School-based Leadership Roles
    • Teacher leaders are encouraged to volunteer for leadership roles at their worksite.   School administrators are notified when teachers become a part of  the Aspiring Leaders eCampus course and are encouraged to develop and provide leadership opportunities for their teacher leaders.
  • eCampus Aspiring Leader Activities
    • Participants are invited to take part in discussion boards and activities related to leadership articles and blogs through a dedicated course in eCampus.
  • Instructional Model Professional Development
    • Teacher leaders are invited to lead or participate in professional development regarding the SCPS instructional model.
  • Summer Internships for Interested Teacher Leaders
    • Leadership Pathways has initiated a summer internship program to give aspiring leaders the opportunity to “peek behind the curtain” and learn about the duties and expectations of an Assistant Principal or Principal.  In addition, Teaching & Learning, Assessment & Accountability, Exceptional Students Support Services, ePathways, and the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools at times are a part of the internship opportunity. The win for teacher leaders is an opportunity to learn about various leadership positions. The win for mentoring administrators is the opportunity to develop others and also have extra help with summer school, preparations for the new school year, special projects and much more.
  • Leadership Lab
    • Future Leadership Labs will provide opportunities for teacher leaders to work collaboratively on action research projects, problems of practice, professional development activities or special projects to spark innovation and leadership development.  Leadership Labs will also provide an opportunity to pursue micro-credentials with the support of time, space and critical friends.  Labs can be in-person, remote, or blended.  For current SCPS employees, detailed and up to date information on meeting dates and times are announced on our eCampus page

SCPS Instructional Model

For access to more resources on the Instructional Model, please email Heidi or Kellie to be added to our eCampus page.

SCPS Leadership Model

Contact Us: 

Heidi P. Gooch, Ed.D,
Director, Leadership Pathways
Twitter: @HeidiPapeGooch

Kellie Cashion
Coordinator, Leadership Pathways

Twitter: @KellieCashion

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Kellie Cashion

Kellie Cashion

Heidi Gooch

Heidi Gooch

Director of Leadership Development


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