ERIC Number: ED309507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Training and Selecting School Leaders.
Anderson, Mark E.
Chapter 3 of a revised handbook on school leadership, this chapter discusses the task of training and selecting the school principal--a key person in efforts to achieve educational excellence. Unfortunately, administrator training and selection methods are often ill-suited to developing and employing outstanding leaders. Traditional avenues to the principalship, including university coursework and teaching and administrative experience, have not proved satisfactory. Practitioners complain the most about deficiencies in graduate training. Three classroom bridging procedures (performance simulations, case studies, and games) offer some promising new training strategies. Various field-based experiences are also recommended, along with school district-sponsored programs. To make principal recruitment less haphazard, the applicant pool must be expanded through outside recruitment, career ladders, internships, and training programs. The principal selection process can be improved by revamping selection criteria and vacancy announcement, screening, and interviewing practices. Innovative principal induction programs, such as peer-assisted leadership, are also needed. Districts can help orient beginning principals by instituting buddy systems, structuring the workload, giving feedback, and developing professional growth plans. Practitioners anxious to capitalize on the coming "window of opportunity" offered by retiring principals can use the above strategies to assess the status of their methods for preparing, recruiting, selecting, and inducting principals. (MLH)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Note: In "School Leadership: Handbook for Excellence" (EA 020 964). For first edition, see ED 209 736.