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ERIC Number: EJ917565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
Bridge the Divide
Martin, Mary B.
Principal, v89 n5 p28-30, 32-33 May-Jun 2010
What's the best way to train an aspiring principal? Partnerships between universities and districts focused on building school leaders are not the norm--but perhaps they should be. In recent reports, the Southern Regional Education Board has noted a need for universities and school districts to share the responsibility of preparing future principals to ensure that public schools are able to meet student needs and increase academic growth. The Southern Regional Education Board also asserts that until such a partnership is forged, a serious division will persist between what districts expect of newly hired principals and what universities prepare them to do. This disconnect can have crucial consequences for a school district. This article describes how a joint venture between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), an urban school district in North Carolina, and Winthrop University addressed this particular problem. A shared sense of purpose led the two institutions to collaborate on the design of an educational leadership program that will give the district the strong, savvy leadership required by a large, diverse public school district. CMS, the second-largest school district in the state, has annual turnover typical of any large system, with up to 25 percent annual change in leadership at schools. In building the partnership, both the district and the university have acquired expertise and experience that could be useful to others interested in an effective program for aspiring principals. This model provides a prototype that could easily be replicated and customized by other school districts, particularly those with a strong institution of higher learning nearby. (Contains 2 online resources.)
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-386-2377; Tel: 703-684-3345; Fax: 800-396-2377; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina