Strong leadership is a skill fundamental to the improvement and maintenance of a positive school culture that facilitates student achievement and faculty motivation. This is why Golden Apple Foundation is partnering with area school districts and First Midwest Group, Inc., to provide one Assistant Principal a unique professional development experience which then he/she can share with the community.

Each year, one Assistant Principal will be selected to attend the New and Aspiring School Leaders Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The expenses covered by this program are tuition for the New and Aspiring School Leaders Program, round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for four nights. Upon the recipient’s return, he/she will conduct a workshop to share what was learned from the experience with administrators of other schools in the area.

Qualifying Assistant Principals must:

  • have completed two years of experience as an Assistant Principal;
  • have a maximum of five years of school leadership experience;
  • anticipate becoming a principal within the next two years;
  • be in good standing with his/her district/school;
  • be an Assistant Principal in District 100, 122, 131, 200, 205 or 207.

Applications are currently being accepted and must be received by the Golden Apple Foundation office located in Scarborough Hall, room 9, of Rockford University, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108 or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. 

CLICK HERE for application.

CLICK HERE for information about New and Aspiring School Leaders by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Meet the inaugural participant of the Investing In Excellence: Assistant Principal Program

Carl Hobbs of Belvidere High School has 3 years of experience in a school leadership position. Carl also serves as Belvidere High’s Athletic Director. He is a public speaker for leadership development in schools and started an initiative called Lead Early, Lead Now. He received a Golden Apple Award in 2011.