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ERIC Number: EJ809989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
Principal Preparation Programs
Butler, Kevin
District Administration, v44 n10 p66-68, 70 Sep 2008
A school principal's job has never been tougher. The accountability movement--culminating with the federal No Child Left Behind law in 2001--has put pressure on principals to improve student performance, resulting in school leaders' transitioning from a more administrative role to becoming more heavily involved in assessment, instruction, curriculum and data analysis. Are today's leadership programs in graduate schools of education adequately readying new principals to handle these seemingly ever-increasing responsibilities? According to a 2006 survey by Public Agenda, a nonprofit research organization that reports public opinion and public policy issues, nearly two-thirds of principals felt that typical graduate leadership programs "are out of touch" with today's realities. The good news is that a host of principal leadership development programs are aiming to fill the gap, striving to ensure that new and veteran principals are better prepared for today's challenges. This article discusses such programs that can be offered by the state, district, or an outside organization, and they can focus on everything from emotional intelligence issues and classroom walkthroughs to data analysis and team building.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001