Residencies for Leaders

The Leadership portion of the NET-Q grant is designed to produce school leaders who can demonstrate critical/intellectual capacity and moral vision so they can lead their schools and/or districts through the changes that are necessary for the 21st century. The leadership residency will provide the following:

  • Exclusive learning community with a total of five leader candidates from Metro districts
  • One-on-one mentoring from established school leaders
  • One-on-one coaching from GSU faculty
  • GRA appointment – with a tuition waiver – student fees are still required
  • Research opportunities at the university level
  • Applied research opportunities on the system level centered on data-based decision making
  • A systemic understanding of what it looks like to be an outstanding leader through actual performance-based leadership activities

Through the leadership residency, the partnering school systems will gain one candidate per year, for each of the next four years, who has gone through an intensive one-on-one leadership program that is focused on the specific needs of the schools and districts the candidate represents.  


Residencies are designed with a cohort model


This program will have a total of five residents for a full release, one-year residency. There will be one resident for each of five school districts- Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett. Individuals who qualify for these resident positions will be selected by the school district in collaboration with university leadership faculty.

Criteria for selection:

All university criteria must be met, including

  • GPA requirements
  • GRE minimum score of 900
  • Certification requirements- L-5 or NL-5

Benefits for Candidates:

  • Exclusive online community
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • One-on-one coaching from GSU faculty
  • GRA Appointment
  • University Research opportunities
  • $ 50, 000 Stipend

2010-2011 Leader Residents

Emily Thomas (DeKalb County Leader Resident)

Emily received her bachelor’s degree from Tift College, and she received her master’s degree in education from Georgia State University.   Emily Thomas will be interning at Arabia Mountain HS and McNair HS.   Her background includes serving as an English Teacher, Dept. Chairperson, Asst Principal for Instruction, (at Cross Keys HS in DeKalb Co.) and one of the district's liaisons for Professional Development Schools.  Ms. Thomas, applied for the leadership residency stating,  " I really was interested in shadowing high performing principals and to take advantage of the university formal courses and year-long site-based leadership training.  I welcome the grant’s challenge for school leaders to improve student achievement, develop teachers and retain high quality teachers. Being a NETQ Leader Resident will enhance my skills from a practical and theoretical perspective to meet the challenges facing public schools today."


John Christopher Canter (Fulton County Leader Resident)

Chris received his degree at Georgia State University in Mass Communication and completed his internship in Broadcasting and Freelanced in Atlanta. He served as a news reporter for several stations in the industry, including serving as a primary anchor in Medford, Oregon.  Chris taught English/language arts in Gwinnett County (Berkmar HS) and in Cobb County (Pope HS). His advanced degree is a MAT received from Concordia University.   Leadership Resident placement will be in two elementary schools (Mimosa ES, Dunwoody Springs ES), one middle and high  (McNair MS, Banneker HS).  “I look forward to having hands-on opportunities at various levels of education and with different types of leadership styles. I hope this exposure will help me decide what I can emulate and use as my own leadership. At the end of interning during my residency, I would like to be in a permanent leadership role moving toward the principalship or in county-level leadership roles - - working with teachers."