ERIC Number: ED482356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Finding Leaders for Hard-to-Staff Schools. ERIC Digest.
While the shortage of qualified administrators is not as serious as the shortage of qualified teachers, some schools continue to fail to attract qualified leaders. Referred to as "hard-to-staff" schools, they are often characterized by high-poverty students, low test scores, high staff turnover, and under qualified teachers. This ERIC Digest reviews the available evidence of a leadership shortage for troubled schools and discusses likely ways that districts can improve the supply of qualified principal candidates. The Digest begins with a discussion of the problem of troubled schools finding qualified administrators. It continues with a discussion of recruiting strategies, including the possibility of financial incentives. One effective strategy is to identify, recruit, and train prospective principals from within the district's teacher corps. Financial incentives as a recruitment strategy may be only a part of the solution. The Digest next discusses how the principalship can be made more satisfying. Noting the inherent stresses in the principalship, some researchers suggest that the burden could be lessened by modifying the position through some sort of distributed leadership. The Digest concludes by discussing candidate qualifications, noting that leadership experience is often considered to be more important than teaching experience. (WFA)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Selection, Beginning Principals, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Instructional Leadership, Occupational Information, Personnel Needs, Principals, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Work Environment
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.