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ERIC Number: ED428438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 31
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State-Mandated Reform of Programs Preparing School Principals: One University's Experience.
Gupton, Sandra Lee
This report provides a first-hand description and analysis of reforms initiated in the administrator-preparation program at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). USM is one among eight public and private institutions in Mississippi that are currently redesigning their administrator-preparation programs in accordance with state mandates and the needs of their students. USM's initial reform proposal was not accepted by the state panel, causing reform efforts at USM to be accelerated, with the help of the university's administration. Teaching loads were reduced so that faculty could focus on reform provisions, and a consulting team helped the faculty recognize the necessity of reform and outlined the means for achieving meaningful change. Subsequently, the department began to think in terms of what students coming through the program should know and be able to do. Working groups were formed and the consultants conducted a variety of professional-development sessions for faculty. Using feedback from this review, the department revised the written proposal and submitted its final proposal, which received formal approval. Central to USM's program was its model for preparing school principals, which focuses on four values: student-centeredness, reflection, transformational leadership, and ethics. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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