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ERIC Number: ED512804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 152
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 117
Districts Developing Leaders: Lessons on Consumer Actions and Program Approaches from Eight Urban Districts
Orr, Margaret Terry; King, Cheryl; LaPointe, Michelle
Education Development Center, Inc
Developing school leaders who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to effectively lead low-performing schools has become a critical goal for local school districts intent on dramatically improving student outcomes. Given the current criticism surrounding leadership preparation programs and the changing nature of school leadership itself, school districts are becoming more actively involved in influencing the quality of their school leaders and the preparation programs that develop them. Recent research on exemplary school leader preparation programs suggests that school districts, as the direct "consumers" of program graduates, are strategically positioned to exercise meaningful influence over the content and design of program practices. It also suggests that programs preparing candidates are more effective when they work from an understanding of the challenges the districts face, a collaboration with the districts on redesigning programs, and a shared initial accountability for new leader support and performance. Commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, this study explores the investments of eight urban school districts in school leadership preparation, with a specific focus on the different approaches that they took, the role that local universities played, and the perceptions of district officials about program effectiveness based on graduates' performance as new school leaders. These urban school districts are: (1) Boston, Massachusetts; (2) Chicago, Illinois; (3) Fort Wayne, Indiana; (4) Jefferson County, Kentucky; (5) Providence, Rhode Island; (6) Springfield, Illinois; (7) Springfield, Massachusetts; and (8) St. Louis, Missouri. Research Framework and Methods are appended. (Contains 15 tables, 3 figures and 82 footnotes.)
Education Development Center, Inc. 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458-1060. Tel: 617-969-7100; Fax: 617-969-5979; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Massachusetts; Missouri; Rhode Island