ED's Office of Innovation and Improvement released the last in its six-guide series on promising practices in education. "Innovative Pathways to School Leadership" offers concrete examples of recruiting and developing effective school leaders.
This United States Department of Education 2004 publication addresses the urgent need for more effective school principals to lead our nation's schools to and foster high achieving students. It examines not only how to build a bigger pipeline of interested applicants, but also how to efficiently and effectively prepare them for this responsibility.
The guide is organized into two parts: Part I focuses on innovative strategies for attracting and preparing school site principals, and lists common features of the six programs highlighted in Part II; Part II details the six identified innovative institutional models currently underway that develop successful school principals, from identifying and recruiting to training and supporting them once in schools.
The programs are:
1. Boston Principal Fellowship Program: Boston, Massachusetts
2. First Ring Leadership Academy: Cleveland, Ohio
3. LAUNCH (Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago): Chicago, Illinois
4. NJ EXCEL (New Jersey Expedited Certification for Educational Leadership): Monroe Township, New Jersey
5. New Leaders for New Schools: New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Memphis, and San Francisco Bay Area
6. Principals Excellence Program: Pike County, Kentucky
To read this publication, click on the URL link below.
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