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ERIC Number: EJ790446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
10 Rungs to Proficiency: District Partners with Universities to Create Principals' Academy
Hall, Pete; Harris, Rick
Journal of Staff Development, v29 n2 p38-40, 62 Spr 2008
In the Washoe County School District (WCSD), in Reno, Nevada, school leaders climb a steep ladder from the moment they contemplate a career in administration. Fortunately, they are supported at each step in the process, thanks to the Principals' Academy. This approach helps principals fulfill their critical mission of providing a link between policy and student achievement, articulating vision and strengthening instructional delivery, working directly with students and teachers, and playing a key role in a district's administrative agenda. WCSD principals follow an articulated plan of career development that supports their growing expertise for the sake of improved student achievement. The Principals' Academy is a 10-tier approach to recruiting, building, developing, and strengthening principal leadership. Following the tenets of the professional learning community concept (DuFour & Eaker, 1998) and driven by the active instructional leadership vehicle of the walk-through process (Werlinich, 2004), the 10-tier model professionalizes the principalship, from prenovice to distinguished expertise. The Principals' Academy is a collaborative effort of the WCSD, the University of Nevada, the University of Phoenix, the University of Pittsburgh, and WestEd. This article discusses each of the 10-tier approach to principal development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Nevada; Pennsylvania