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3 Manatee County school employees participate in state leadership program

Carl Auckerman, principal of Palmetto High School
Carl Auckerman, principal of Palmetto High School PHOTO PROVIDED

Three Manatee County School District employees were recently honored for their participation in the Florida Department of Education’s second Commissioner’s Leadership Academy class.

Carl Auckerman, principal of Palmetto High School, Joshua Bennett, principal of Bashaw Elementary School and Pamela Craig, director of school improvement were among the 127 participants who worked with 38 facilitators.

A graduation ceremony was held in June for the participants.

In the program, principals, principal supervisors and leaders participated in job-embedded and research-based activities designed to increase their knowledge about teacher effectiveness and student achievement, according to officials. The professional development programs include three learning institutes and five school site “learning walks” to practice instructional leadership skills and build a cadre of school district facilitators.

The Commissioner’s Leadership Academy, presented by State Farm, is a collaboration between the Florida Department of Education, the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership and the Council for Educational Change. Education leaders throughout Florida were nominated by their district superintendent as leaders poised to make a difference in their school.