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PRESS RELEASE

March 23, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Florida Department of Education Announces New Website to Support Leadership Development for Florida's School Leaders
DELTASchoolLeaders.org previewed at the 2006 FETC Conference

ORLANDO — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today announced the DELTA (Developing Educational Leaders for Tomorrow's Achievers) School Leadership Development Program's new website during the Florida Educational Technology Conference in Orlando. The website is designed to support the professional development needs of school leaders statewide with high-quality training and resources supporting Florida's Principal Leadership Standards.

"Cultivating quality school leadership at all levels is critical to creating a successful education system in Florida," said Commissioner Winn. "The DELTA program and companion website will ensure that high-quality professional development is provided to our current and aspiring school leaders."

During April 2005, the Florida State Board of Education adopted new standards for school leaders. The purpose of the DELTA program is to establish a high-quality, competency-based, customized, comprehensive, and coordinated statewide professional development program aligned with these standards.

"Administrators need straightforward, easy to find information," said Orange County Public Schools Director of Educational Technology George Perreault. "The DELTA website provides all of the resources they need to achieve their leadership goals."

The DELTA website, www.DeltaSchoolLeaders.org, has been designed to provide Florida's school leaders with easy access to all elements of the DELTA program, including electronic tools to help manage professional development planning and links to appropriate professional development offerings available to school leaders in support of Florida's Principal Leadership Standards. The website contains a wealth of follow-up support materials, tools that support all elements of the DELTA Program's professional development training and provides school leaders with resources needed to successfully implement the training.

Also unique to the DELTA program is the network of Professional Partners (retired school leaders) who provide electronic and face-to-face follow-up support on all elements of the program to ensure high-quality implementation of learning.

"The DELTA website links educational leaders statewide so that we can share best practices and strengthen our programs," said Levy County Schools Personnel Director Cathy Birdsong. "When leadership is strong, the entire school benefits."

In developing the DELTA program, the Department of Education partnered with the state's leading developers and providers of high-quality professional development for our school leaders. Partners include: the Council for Educational Change, the Florida Association of School Administrators, the North East Florida Educational Consortium, the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium, the Schultz Center for Leadership and Crown Consortium, and the Southern Regional Educational Board.

For more information on the DELTA School Leadership Development Program please visit www.DeltaSchoolLeaders.org.