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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Knox County Schools will announce the 2011-2012 class of the Leadership Academy this week.

At 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, at the Andrew Johnson Building, 912 S. Gay St., members will be announced at a press conference prior to the Knox County School Board meeting.

A collaborative venture between the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Knox County Schools, the Leadership Academy prepares educators to become school principals through a full-time, intensive 15-month fellowship program. The program is supported through both an anonymous gift and partially through Tennessee’s First to the Top funding.

The class will begin work on June 1, 2011.

The Leadership Academy is a part of The Center for Educational Leadership, housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in UT’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

This is the second group of aspiring principals to attend the academy. The first class of 12 — all teachers or assistant principals in Knox County Schools — will complete the program in July 2011 and graduate in December 2011.

Leadership Academy fellows will spend four days a week working in a school with an experienced mentor principal. The fifth day will be spent in coursework and seminars with professors and expert practitioner partners.

To complete the program, fellows will participate in a project that will integrate their learning across the many curricular areas of the academy, and will include an electronic portfolio documenting the fellow’s proficiency in school leadership, and a public presentation about the 15-month experience. Fellows will graduate from the program with a master’s or education specialist degree and a state principal license.

C O N T A C T S :

Amy Blakely, UT media relations, (865-974-5034,

Melissa Copelan, Knox County Schools, (865- 594-1905,