ERIC Number: ED459533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
The Professional Development of Principals: Innovations and Opportunities.
Districts are expected to replace upwards of 60 percent of all principals over the next 5 years. It is crucial to provide high-quality preparation programs for the new cohort of principals who will lead schools through the next 15-20 years. This paper describes a variety of such programs. They exhibit features such as clear focus and purpose, curriculum coherence, instructional strategies, length and time structure, program culture and symbols, linkage to state initiatives and program policies, and linkage to organizational history, values, mission, and community. Purpose and quality of professional development for school leaders is also discussed. Case examples of professional development programs are given that illustrate different approaches to training school leaders. Recommendations are to make programs career-oriented, have them communicate quality from every aspect, have the core mission focus on leading schools that promote high-quality learning for all students, address needs of well-trained leaders who want to deepen their skills in a specific area, and make careful, logical use of new technologies. Pedagogy and training strategies should enhance learning and motivation to learn. These values should be part of the culture of the program and given active support. (Contains 10 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: University Council for Educational Administration.; National Policy Board for Educational Administration, Fairfax, VA.; Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Commission for the Advancement of Educational Leadership Preparation (1st, Racine, WI, February 7-9, 2001).