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ERIC Number: ED460946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 8
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The Principal Shortage: A University-School District Solution.
Cunningham, Michael L.; Hardman, Teresa
This paper describes how one West Virginia school district solved its principal shortage dilemma by creating a leadership academy in partnership with the nearby Marshall University Graduate College. This academy was designed to encourage potential educational leaders from within the district and to provide a variety of experiences which would assist these individuals in developing and enhancing their leadership abilities. The primary organizational support came from the local school district and Marshall University Graduate College. The university provided personnel for planning and implementing the program, and the district provided funding and personnel. The first class of participants began in 1995. A group of 70 current and prospective administrators (teachers and school district personnel) began with a 1-week summer workshop that introduced the mission. In subsequent years, participants were offered multiple tracks of experiences during the summer workshop. Small groups established during the summer continued to meet during the school year, completing varied activities (e.g., projects and action research). Four activities were scheduled during the school year. Academy activities centered around specific leadership topics. After 2 years in the academy, potential leaders could participate in apprenticeship experiences. Since the academy's inception, 34 of 36 new administrators placed in the district have been academy participants. The school district has benefitted by having a cadre of strong potential leaders. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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