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ERIC Number: EJ919560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
A Principal-in-Training
Harris, Rebecca
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n8 p16-18 Apr 2011
Only in his late 20s, Adam Parrott-Sheffer is on the verge of completing his principal internship and getting ready to take the helm of his own school. Young, willing to do things out of the box, like wear fatigues to school for a day, he has a lot in common with many new principals in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). He is adept at using technology and skillful with data, traits common among new principals. Data skills will be part of required assessments under the state's revamp of principal preparation programs. In CPS, data savvy is a key component of principals' toolkits since the advent of performance management, which requires continuous analysis of student performance and how it is linked to different instructional strategies. Parrott-Sheffer understands the lure of nontraditional schools, where many new principals are clustered. According to data from the Consortium on Chicago School Research's 2009 principal survey, almost 63% of charter school principals are younger than 40. Parrott-Sheffer says many candidates like him join charters because of the emphasis they place on defining goals and quantifying results. This article describes how data skills and ambition become the hallmarks of many prospective young school leaders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois