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ERIC Number: ED571234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 176
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Getting It Right: Designing Principal Preparation Programs That Meet District Needs for Improving Low-Performing Schools. A Technical Report on Innovative Principal Preparation Models
Fry-Ahearn, Betty; Collins, David
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
A grant from the School Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education during 2008-14 provided the opportunities and resources for SREB to bring together its cutting-edge knowledge base, field experience, and substantial bank of publications and training materials in the closely related fields of school improvement and school leader preparation and development. SREB applied them systematically to create and implement the Florida Leadership Academy for Schools of Innovation and Improvement (FLASII). SREB's partners in developing and implementing FLASII included the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), the University of North Florida and five high-need school districts that demographically represented urban, suburban and rural student populations. This publication shares the two SREB principal preparation models that evolved from FLASII development and implementation activities: (1) a modified university master's degree program designed to prepare aspiring principals to implement a continuous school improvement process in schools where they will become leaders and (2) a model for preparing assistant principals, teacher-leaders and district office staff aspiring to become principals with the special skill sets required for turning around chronically low-performing schools. This publication describes in detail the point of view SREB brought to this work and the models' theoretical underpinnings. It provides program features, implementation processes, results achieved and lessons learned in creating and implementing each of the models, in hopes the work will contribute useful knowledge, practical advice and prototypes that assist others striving to create leadership programs that have lasting, positive impacts on teaching and student achievement. Appendices include: (1) List of SREB's Critical Success Factors; (2) Florida Turnaround Leaders Program (FTLP) Comprehensive Curriculum Map; (3) Sample Tasks and Time Frames Document; (4) Sample FTLP Mentor Guide; (5) Sample FTLP Assignment Rubric; (6) Sample FTLP Coach's Follow-up Letter; and (7) FTLP-End-of-Program Evaluation Form.
Southern Regional Education Board. 592 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5790. Tel: 404-875-9211; Fax: 404-872-1477; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board
Identifiers - Location: Florida