Preparing Leaders for Urban Schools (PLUS) focuses on preparing urban school leaders committed to promoting equity and excellence for their constituencies. The goal of PLUS in the collaboration between the Hartford Public Schools (HPS) and Neag School of Education is to strengthen the classroom-to-principalship leadership pipeline.


  • Practicum experiences are embedded in the HPS organizational context and are facilitated by HPS principals selected to serve as mentors and professors of practice.
  • Emphasized competency development in instructional leadership, talent management, school climate and community engagement, and school improvement.
  • Graduates transition into the HPS leadership pipeline strategically according to the match between individual strengths and interests and organizational opportunity.
  • Content from the Traditional course syllabi is delivered through modules which have been developed with the Hartford Public Schools context in mind.

Q: Who can apply to the UCAPP PLUS cohort?

A: Currently, applying to UCAPP PLUS is an option only for Connecticut-certified educators with at least three years of teaching experience who work in the Hartford Public School. Candidates must be nominated by an HPS principal, and preference is given to those committed to serving as a principal, assistant principal or district-level administrator in the Hartford Public Schools.


PLUS Cohort, 2016 brochure