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    The Rural Alaska Principal Preparation and Support Project (RAPPS) is a comprehensive leadership development program focused on preparation of principals for high-poverty and remote Alaska schools, and support for those who are currently serving in those schools.

    The US Department of Education's School Leadership Program funded this 5-year project.

    RAPPS provided scholarships to 73 promising practicing teacher-leaders in 16 high-need rural districts so that they could obtain their Type B credential and become principals.

    RAPPS offers a complete system of support for aspiring and practicing school leaders including: a distance-delivered, rural-focused cohort within the UAA Educational Leadership Program; mentoring for aspiring principals during their internship with coaches from the Alaska Administrator Coaching Project; and no-cost distance-delivered and face-to-face professional learning opportunities for all staff from the 16 partner districts throughout the year from the Alaska Staff Development Network.

    Our major goal was to train and certify 55 new principals and to strengthen the leadership skills of principals from 135 of Alaska's highest need schools.

    SY 2012-2013 is the final year for the RAPPS project.

    Project Outcomes

    • 61 teacher or central office leaders have completed the program and are certified as school administrators, and eight more are on track to complete and graduate by 2015.
    Of this group:
      • 28 are currently serving in a site administrator position in a RAPPS district
      • 2 are Assistant Superintendents in a RAPPS district
      • 8 are in central office positions in a RAPPS district
      • 14 are certified and looking for principal positions
      • 6 are continuing to teach
      • 3 moved out of state
    • Throughout the five year project period, 15-17 RAPPS interns received coaching each year from the Alaska Administrator Coaching Project. All RAPPS UAA graduates have received coaching services.
    • Over 500 school leaders have attended the Alaska School Leadership Institute over the course of the project (duplicated count).
    • Over 2,000 registrations (duplicated count) from RAPPS district staff were received for the 29 ASDN/RAPPS webinar series offered over the course of the grant. 123 no-cost webinars were offered in total.
    • UAA has created over 15 rural Alaska case studies for use in the Educational Leadership program.