ERIC Number: ED453588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-7
Preparing Principals To Lead in the New Millennium: A Response to the Leadership Crisis in American Schools.
There are about 80,000 public school principals in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will be a 10 percent increase in the employment of educational administrators of all types through 2006. The National Association of Elementary School Principals estimates that more than 40 percent of principals will retire or leave their positions during the next 10 years. As the need for principal leadership increases, the pool of qualified candidates is decreasing, particularly in urban districts. In an effort to uncover what effective leadership is all about, policymakers are seeking to answer three questions: (1) What kind of educational leaders do we need? (2) Where do we find them? and (3) How do we prepare principals to lead? This report considers solutions to these questions using the notion of shared leadership as a philosophical basis. These solutions would result in new standards of school organization, creating a shift in roles, responsibilities, and relationships between principals and teachers. The M.Ed. program at William Paterson University is designed to support such aspiring principals who will embrace collective leadership, diversity, equity, reflective inquiry, and ethical values that support relationships in caring, nurturing learning environments for all students. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (14th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, January 5-9, 2001).