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ERIC Number: EJ1101492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2164-0246
A Standards-Based Approach to Catholic Principal Preparation: A Case Study
Morten, Sandria D.; Lawler, Geralyn A.
Journal of Catholic Education, v19 n3 Article 17 May 2016
Illinois' recent redesign of the principal certification program requires the integration of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure (ISLLC) standards as well as the Southern Regional Education Board Critical Success Factors standards into the coursework and internship, establishing a focus on preparation for instructional leadership. The alignment to secular standards poses a challenge for Catholic institutes of higher education who seek to prepare aspiring Catholic school principals to be instructional, managerial, and faith leaders (Ciriello, 1994). During their own redesign, Loyola University Chicago utilized the National Standards and Benchmarks of Effective Catholic Schools to create Catholic School Principal Competencies, a list of skills that principals will need in order to effectively lead a Catholic school. The Catholic School Principal Competencies are embedded in course work, field experiences, and the internship. Other program features including coaching from veteran principals and frequent reflection allow the candidates to gain confidence as well-rounded Catholic school leaders. Collaboration with other Catholic universities will help to solidify the Catholic School Principal Competencies and further streamline their integration into the program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
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