The Leadership Institute is a commitment to your professional development.
Leadership Institute is a premier opportunity for Idaho CTE professionals to learn, experience, and develop leadership skills specific to a career in career technical education.
Launched in 2000, Leadership Institute was created as an opportunity for teachers and others in Idaho career technical education fields to focus on developing leadership skills, learn about state and national policy and advocacy, and network with other up-and-coming CTE leaders in CTE. These experiences help develop a stronger sense of personal leadership and confidence through specially designed activities, seminars, and conferences that will enable participants to impact and influence career technical education in their schools or institutions, their region, and beyond.
Leadership Institute accepts nominations for new members each year and provides a competitive selection process for up to six new members. Each year members graduate from the program after completing all the requirements. Institute members have gone on to hold principal, administrator, dean, and other leadership positions in the state, including as the IDCTE State Administrator.
Leadership Institute is open to all who work in career technical education in Idaho. It may be right for you now or at some point in the future when you have an interest in advancing your CTE career into a leadership role and when you can commit to the time and focus necessary to complete the program.
The program consists of five basic components:
- Attending seminars on Idaho and national career technical education policies, administration, and leadership.
- Participating in the Idaho Association of School Administrators Project Leadership seminar, which includes a conference each year for three years and a research project. Project Leadership includes a component of regional meetings that vary from region to region; Leadership Institute members must attend five regional meetings each year. The meeting schedule is under ‘What are the required meetings?’ tab.
- Creating an Administrative Professional Development Plan.
- Working toward or earning an Idaho Career Technical Education administrator’s endorsement, or working toward advancing your academic preparation for a leadership role.
- As an optional component to the final year, participating in mentoring and/or an internship.
Each Institute meeting involves working on a project and/or participating as a group with one or more specialists or consultants who focus on fundamental education and leadership concepts and issues that will assure insight into the dimensions of the operation, funding, maintenance, and design of career technical programs. Participants are expected to attend the ACTE National Policy Seminar, ACTE Best Practices or ACTE Vision, CTEI State Policy Seminar, three Project Leadership annual conferences (Sun Valley), IASA Project Leadership regional meetings, and one IDCTE Connect summer conference each year. During the three years of participation in Leadership Institute, each participant will be encouraged to complete the requirements for an Idaho Career Technical Education Administrator Certificate. This requirement necessitates the completion of at least 15 semester credits of coursework in school leadership that includes, but is not limited to, coursework in school finance, supervision of personnel, and school law. All course requirements for the Institute activities are provided by both Idaho State University and the University of Idaho.