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ERIC Number: ED538318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-26
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Co-Principals. Research Brief
Muir, Mike
Education Partnerships, Inc.
There is not much research on the effectiveness of co-principals. A simple Google search reveals how many schools have implemented the idea. What little is written was written either in the early 1980's or within the last few years. Very little focuses specifically on high schools. The idea of co-principals has been used to devote more time to instructional issues and less to managerial, to promote the complexities of school reform, to fight administrator burnout, and to use a distributed approach to administration allowing several administrators to share the seemingly overwhelming responsibilities of the position. When it works well, co-principals have an increased "principal presence" in the school; help guide (not control) teachers and their instruction; help facilitate the multiple leaders in the building toward the common goal of helping all students learn well; reduce the sense of "loneliness at the top"; play a crucial role in encouraging and modeling nontraditional forms of leadership; and increase participation in all levels, creating a learning community. (Contains 7 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)