ERIC Number: ED286265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Leaders for America's Schools. The Report of the National Commission on Excellence in Educational Administration.
University Council for Educational Administration, Tempe, AZ.
A revolution in education will require unusually competent, skilled, visionary leadership. This report examines the quality of educational leadership in the United States, focusing on the roles of principals and superintendents. According to recent research, the educational administration field lacks: (1) a definition of good educational leadership; (2) leadership recruitment programs in the schools; (3) collaboration between school districts and universities; (4) minority and women administrators; (5) systematic professional development for administrators; (6) high quality candidates and preparation programs relevant to job demands; (7) licensure programs promoting excellence; (8) national cooperation in preparing school leaders; and (9) sequence, modern content, and clinical experiences in preparation programs. The report aims to restructure school administration. Separate chapters outline recommendations for public schools, professional organizations, universities, state and federal policymakers, and the private sector. Significant recommendations include: (1) redefining educational leadership; (2) establishing a National Policy Board on Educational Administration; (3) modeling administration preparation programs after those of other professional schools; (4) terminating at least 300 college and university educational administration programs; (5) initiating recruitment and placement programs for minorities and women; (6) requiring public schools' full partnership in preparing administrators; (7) creating management development opportunities; and (8) reforming licensure programs. Included are numerous references and a list of commissioned papers. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: University Council for Educational Administration, Tempe, AZ.