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* M E D I A A D V I S O R Y *
FRIDAY - May 7, 2004
6 to 10 P.M.
WHAT: Some 25 Lawrence Public School educators will be recognized for completing a two-year UMass Lowell/Lawrence Public Schools program that prepares them to be principals and other school leaders - the only one of its kind in Massachusetts. The unique program, conceived by Lawrence Superintendent Wilfredo Laboy, requires the educators to remain in the city for at least three more years. Besides Laboy, speakers at the celebration include Massachusetts Commissioner of Education David Driscoll and UMass Lowell Graduate School of Education officials.
WHERE: Wyndham Hotel Ballroom, 123 Old River Road, Andover
WHY: LEAP was created to ensure that teachers and other educators are able to receive the required training to advance to leadership positions - such as principals, assistant principals, directors and supervisors - within the Lawrence Schools. Tuition is paid by the Lawrence Schools while instruction is provided on site by faculty of UMass Lowell's Graduate School of Education. Classes have been held every week or two at a rotating Lawrence School, with additional instruction provided online.
A second group of Lawrence educators will begin the program in the fall.