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Caddo revamps Principal Intern program

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"You can't learn that job in a college classroom. It's really a hands on type job and that's what we're affording them in this program," said coordinator Kathy Gallant.

Students are not the only ones learning in the classroom. The Caddo Parish School District has resurrected a program for a select group of educators on track to becoming principals.

Eight aspiring educators with leadership abilities began the journey in January for the district's administrative intern program. The teachers were taken out of their usual environments and placed in administrative positions.

"It's exciting. Everyday is a challenge, it's something that is new, it's been an amazing experience," said Principal intern Candice Webert.

The selection of the interns was a rigorous process that included an interview with a panel of judges on their philosophy in education.

Lakia Davis, at A. C. Steere Elementary School, says the hands-on experience will prove to be invaluable.What I've learn the most is the logistics of what it takes to operate a school...Things you do not learn in a college classroom," said Davis.

The future leaders of the district are working closely with principals and assistant principals to learn the real job of leading a school.

"I think it's an improvement; we are growing our own as far as leaders are concerned. We have seen across the nation and across the state a lower number of students entering college to get their masters in leadership and we need good strong leaders to send our schools up the ladder, and I think this program is a first step in that," said Gallant.

Qualifications included having work experience in the district for at least three years.

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