ERIC Number: ED464388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Preparing a New Breed of School Principals: It's Time for Action.
Bottoms, Gene; O'Neill, Kathy
Accountability has changed nearly everything in education and has prompted the following questions: What do successful leaders need to know and be able to do? How do we prepare and develop effective school leaders? State legislation has established an urgency for improved student achievement in educational systems where too many students are not succeeding against the new standards. This era of higher standards and greater accountability requires a new breed of school leaders. This report is a review of what the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has learned about the practices of successful leaders and how these leaders are prepared. This new breed of principals will need to have comprehensive understanding of school and classroom practices that contribute to student achievement. Principals will need to know how to work with faculty and others to fashion and implement continuous student improvement. They will need to know how to provide the necessary support for staff to carry out sound school, curriculum, and instructional practices. SREB maintains that professional leadership certificates should be awarded only to persons who have demonstrated the ability to improve curriculum, instruction, and student learning. Local districts need to think about how they will attract high performers. Universities need to create school leadership preparation programs that will make a difference in improving schools and student achievement. (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Qualifications, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Parent Participation, Performance Based Assessment, Principals, Public Schools
For full text: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Supported by a grant from the Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds.