PA Inspired Leadership Program
The Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) Program began in 2006 and is a statewide, standards-based continuing professional education program for school and system leaders. In 2007, legislation was passed to create a more focused program of continuing professional education to help leaders develop the knowledge and skills they need to become more effective in improving the learning environment for teachers and students. This legislation made better use of Act 48 credits by requiring certain school administrators to participate in professional education activities that concentrate on practices that have the greatest impact on improving student achievement. The PIL Program administers and provides these required continuing education courses for the designated administrators as well as the Principal Induction Program, required for new assistant principals and principals. The program is offered by the Department of Education in collaboration with the Pennsylvania intermediate units and other partners at eight regional sites. Each of the eight sites is administered by a PIL regional site coordinator.
Research demonstrates that effective school leaders have an impact on student achievement. A focused program of continuing professional education can help leaders develop the knowledge and skills they need to become more effective in improving the learning environment for teachers and students. Act 45 of 2007 requires school and system leaders to participate in continuing professional education that addresses one or more of the nine Pennsylvania Leadership Standards. The goal of the program is to raise the level of student achievement in Pennsylvania schools. The positive outcome of the PIL Program has documented and can be found in the NISL/OLD Dominion Study conducted in March of 2011.