Leadership Programs

  • Our professional learning department offers many leadership opportunities. The School District of Manatee County is committed to ongoing improvement towards student achievement, establishing positive learning environments, fostering positive professional relationships, building a culture of trust, communicating clearly, and nurturing teacher success.


  • Aspiring Leaders

    The Aspiring Leaders program is a Level I Certification program designed to prepare instructional leaders for the Assistant Principal Pool. During the year-long program, participants may earn 60+ Inservice Points through face-to-face and online components. Applicants must be current SDMC employees. The application deadline is August 15th each year.

  • Aspiring Leaders Qualifications

  • Apply for Aspiring Leaders

  • Assistant Principal Pool

    You must be a member of the Assistant Principal Pool to apply for an Assistant Principal position.

    In-county applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of the Aspiring Leaders program and complete a targeted selection interview to determine eligibility. Out of County and Out of State applicants who meet pool requirements are welcome to apply.

    Membership in the pool is valid for five years, and must be updated prior to expiration to maintain active status.

  • Assistant Principal Pool Requirements

  • Level II Principal Development

    The Level II Principal Certification program is designed for Assistant Principals, currently employed by SDMC, who are seeking Level II certification to become a Principal.

    Entrance into the program is by invitation from the Executive Directors. If selected, participants will attend the Gulf Coast Partnership (GCP) Resident Program at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Candidates who successfully complete the Level II Principal Certification program will be added to the Principal Pool.

  • Principal Pool Qualifications