ERIC Number: ED379749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
New Directions for Principals.
Brief to Principals, n10 Win 1994
This publication examines some of the skills that informed observers see as most critical for principals who seek to be effective leaders in restructuring schools. It also highlights some principal-preparation programs, both preservice programs at colleges and universities and inservice programs for practicing principals. The document examines some of the ways those programs try to teach those critical skills and considers whether the newer methods of administrator education have any real impact on schools. A paradox for today's school leaders is that they must be clearly in charge of developing school restructuring goals, yet also be open to staff input. Their primary administrative tasks are to focus on and maintain the school vision and to create a learning environment. Although administrators who participate in innovative preparation programs usually greatly expand their understanding of school administration, they are often unable to reshape their schools' organizational cultures. However, graduates of innovative programs are in high demand, and with time, they can impact the schools in which they work. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Role, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Skills, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Training, Management Development, Principals, School Restructuring
Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1025 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, Madison, WI.