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ERIC Number: EJ787958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
A Tale of Two Principals
Weber, Christine L.; Colarulli-Daniels, Rosemary; Leinhauser, Jill A.
Gifted Child Today, v26 n4 p55-62 Fall 2003
The role of the principal as it relates to the education of gifted and talented children in programs and schools has been discussed in a variety of articles related to desired skills, competencies, or characteristics. Yet, the research is neither extensive nor recent, especially pertaining to the role of the elementary administrator of schools for gifted learners. This article presents two different views on the role of the elementary school administrator shared by two principals of private and public schools. Both principals were asked to respond to a series of interview questions that would lead to a better understanding of the skills, competencies, and characteristics necessary in their role as principals of elementary schools for gifted learners. Some of the topics covered include the unique skills needed to run the school, meeting the needs of gifted learners, what to look for when hiring a teacher, the role of parents, challenges of the position, and advice to other administrators. A "Final Thoughts" section allows the principals an opportunity to reflect upon what they had written and provides a forum to express, without structured questions, the importance of their role and the impact they have had on gifted children. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A