ERIC Number: ED454593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug-30
Reference Count: N/A
Maryland Task Force on the Principalship: Recommendations for Redefining the Role of the Principal; Recruiting, Retaining, and Rewarding Principals; and Improving Their Preparation and Development.
Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
In 1998, the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) interviewed 21 superintendents and 121 aspiring, assistant, and current principals and found that a severe and worsening shortage of secondary administrators exists. This report describes the nature of the shortage problem and recommendations made by the Maryland Task Force on the Principalship to address it. Chapter 1 characterizes the administrator shortage and poses questions that frame possible responses. Chapter 2 summarizes the recommendations made by the task force which are discussed in further detail in the following chapters. Chapter 3 contains recommendations for streamlining the principal's role by stripping away extraneous responsibilities that impede his or her work. Chapter 4 discusses the need for professional development programs for prospective and current principals. Chapter 5 recommends adjusting principal compensation to better reflect principalship responsibilities, stresses, and accountability. Chapter 6 presents principals' perspectives on their job satisfactions and challenges, and expresses the hope that this report will generate discussion about the administrator shortage. The report includes a glossary of acronyms and a reference list. Five appendices describe the state of the secondary principalship, present standards set forth by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, discuss the Seven Dimensions of Effective School Leadership, cite research, and lay out an implementation plan and timeline. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland