ERIC Number: ED484220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Innovative Pathways to School Leadership. Innovations in Education
US Department of Education
This report looks at six pioneering programs that recruit and prepare principals in inventive ways. Building on their states' modifications to leadership credentialing requirements--and the ability of state-approved preparation programs to apply for waivers from existing certification requirements--these innovative and entrepreneurial programs are developing new recruiting strategies to attract potential leaders from beyond the traditional pipeline of experienced teachers who self-select into the profession through university-based coursework. These programs concentrate learning experiences on the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as a principal in challenging circumstances. They provide intensive supports such as mentoring and coaching by experienced successful principals. The programs emphasize the principal's role as a catalyst for change and prepare principals to hold themselves accountable for student achievement results. All of these programs have the same aim: generating highly qualified principals. Each program reflects its unique roots and context. This document is organized into two parts: (1) Elements of Innovative Pathways to School Leadership; and (2) Program Profiles. The following are appended: (1) Research Methodology; and (2) Resources. (Contains 10 figures.)
Descriptors: Principals, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Training, Administrator Education, Mentors, Leadership Qualities, Nontraditional Education, Recruitment
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
IES Cited: ED561940