The National Association of Elementary School Principals has developed a program designed to help principals use the latest education-research findings to improve instruction in their schools.
Principals who successfully complete the program, which includes five four-day workshops and will take at least three years to complete, will receive "certificates of advanced proficiency'' from the association.
Participating principals will be required to design a school-improvement program based on the content of each workshop and put it into effect in their schools. Following implementation, a team of visiting examiners will evaluate the results.
The first in the series of workshops will held in the following locations during 1987: Washington, Sept. 30-Oct. 3; Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct. 7-10; Nashville, Nov. 4-7; and San Diego, Dec. 9-12.
The N.A.E.S.P., in conjunction with the National School Safety Center, has recognized 10 principals for their "creative and determined'' efforts to provide students with safe and productive learning environments.
The two organizations have developed a public-service advertising campaign for consumer magazines and trade journals based on profiles of each principal.
"We intend to use these principals' accomplishments to inspire other school administrators and the general public,'' said Ronald D. Stephens, the center's executive director.
The 10 principals are: Sigmund Boloz, Ganado (Ariz.) Primary School; John H. Childs, Dixon Middle School, Provo, Utah; Robert L. Grimes, Aberdeen (Miss.) Middle School; J.L. Handy, Luther Burbank High School, Sacramento, Calif.; Nadine Horton, New Plymouth (Idaho) Elementary School; Francis Nakano, Thomas Jefferson High School, Los Angeles; Ralph Neal, Eastern High School, Washington; William Simpson, Rudolph Matas Elementary School, Metairie, La.; Clara Walters, Jones High School, Orlando, Fla.; and Arthur M. Zarrella, Central High School, Providence, R.I.
When professors of educational administration were asked on a recent survey to rank the five institutions considered to have the nation's best programs in educational administration, Stanford University came out on top.
Of the more than 500 colleges and universities offering programs in educational administration, 95 were named at least once, and 70 received at least one first-place vote, said Martha M. McCarthy, a professor and the director of the consortium on educational policy studies at Indiana University.
Nearly 940 professors responded to the survey, which was conducted last year by Ms. McCarthy.
The institutions receiving the highest overall ranking, in descending order, were Stanford, Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, and Indiana University.--B.R.