ERIC Number: ED561099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Role of the Principal: How High-Achieving Districts Are Recalibrating School Leadership
Alvoid, Lee; Black, Watt Lesley, Jr.
Center for American Progress
The principal has historically been portrayed in television and film as decidedly unheroic. In the public mind, principals were often thought of as mere school-building managers, individuals who were more interested in wielding power and enforcing compliance than in the loftier concerns of teaching and learning. Today, however, those stale notions could not be further from the truth. The job of a modern-day principal has transformed into something that would be almost unrecognizable to the principals of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. This report examines the changing landscape of school leadership, most notably as a result of increased expectations around instructional improvement and teacher development. Also included are a series of case studies that shine a light on innovative ways in which districts are training and supporting school leaders so that they are able to meet the ever-increasing demands placed upon them, such as a strategic focus on coaching and instructional feedback, customized professional development, streamlining of the principal's job duties, and partnerships with universities and nonprofits to train the next generation of principals. The report concludes with the appendix: Interviews with District Experts.
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Case Studies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Leadership Training, Instructional Leadership, Coaching (Performance), Feedback (Response), Professional Development, College School Cooperation, Interviews, School Districts
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress