ERIC Number: ED492084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Schools Can't Wait: Accelerating the Redesign of University Principal Preparation Programs
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
Given the urgency for increased student achievement, it would seem that redesigning principal preparation programs around leadership practices that have an impact on students' learning would be a high priority in every university. Yet, it is not. Despite some movement in some areas, the overall pace of change has been too slow, the changes are not yet deep or fundamental, and the field has yet to find ways to overcome the basic institutional resistance to change at most, if not all, universities. Those concerned about providing every school the leadership necessary to improve student performance need only pay attention to the findings of recent research reports on the quality of principal preparation programs to realize these programs are falling far short. In particular, two studies stand out as sources of evidence that principal preparation programs across the nation are in trouble. The findings from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) study of redesign in principal preparation programs furnish dramatic evidence of a major structural weakness in the architecture of school reform--quality preparation for aspiring school principals that ensures they master the essential competencies for leading school improvement and having a positive impact on student achievement. These findings are an urgent mayday call for key state, university and district leaders to get serious about their responsibility to provide higher quality programs that prepare more capable school principals. Without expert leadership, schools simply will not change. Appended are: (1) Research Sample: 22 Universities in SREB States; (2) SREB Leadership Development Network; (3) Analysis of Interview Data; and (4) Scoring Guide for Core Conditions and Indicators of Program Redesign. (Contains 13 footnotes.) [This publication was supported by the Wallace Foundation.]
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Resistance to Change, Leadership, Principals, Administrator Education, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Interviews, Scores, Program Design, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
IES Cited: ED561940