The Principal-in-Residence strives to create a line of continuity between theory and practice by serving as a direct liaison between the central office and schools to ensure strong leadership throughout Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).
Gus Martinez has served as the FCPS Principal-in-Residence since 2009.
The Principal-in-Residence designs and manages the Principal Induction Program which supports Fairfax County Public Schools' principals in their formative years. Regular conversations with the FCPS Leadership Team about how to best prepare new principals for their administrative career ensures alignment between each of the Clusters and the induction program.
The Principal-in-Residence further supports new principals as a coach, utilizing a "blended coaching" approach with new principals as they establish, realize, and maintain their vision as instructional leaders. This approach allows for differentiation in both strategies and focus as the Principal-in-Residence and the principal work together toward goals which have been thoughtfully determined through ongoing conversations.
Coaching is the practice of providing deliberate support to another individual
to help him/her clarify and/or achieve goals.
- From Blended Coaching: Skills and Strategies to Support Principal Development
The Principal-in-Residence is the Editorial Manager of PLA COMPASS, an online resource providing year-round professional learning opportunities for FCPS administrators and teacher leaders. As Editorial Manager, the Principal-in-Residence influences the content of articles, seminar topics, and courses offered for FCPS leaders.
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Gus Martinez, Principal-in-Residence
Tori Escott, Administrative Assistant
July 3, 2012