ERIC Number: ED320223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Principals for 21st Century Schools.
National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.
This document seeks to define the kinds of administrators who will be needed to ensure first-rate elementary and middle schools in the next century. Underlying the report is the belief that present principal preparation programs are inadequate and require overhauling. Chapters 1 and 2 focus on demographic changes, effective schools, and the nature of effective school leadership. Guiding assumptions about the roles and responsibilities of tomorrow's principals and recommendations for principal preparation are offered in chapters 3, 4, and 5. Chapter 6 recommends that policymakers at the state and national levels fully support educational reform funding and school-based management initiatives, including but not limited to quality control for principal preparation and continuing professional development of principals. In conclusion, it is recommended that effective recruitment efforts be immediately launched to attract potential principals from the best and brightest teachers, that these aspiring administrators be enabled to develop proficiencies that will help them to deal with the pedagogical problems of the 1990s, and that programs be provided that allow practicing principals--those now in the schools--to refine existing proficiencies and develop new ones. Fundamental to these recommendations are the notions that principals should understand the nature of instruction within a particular environment and have substantive classroom experience. (JAM)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Principals, School Administration, School Based Management, School Supervision
Publication Sales, National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 ($14.95).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.