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Some 40 principals from 24 states met in Delaware this summer for a three-week program designed to help them lead restructuring efforts in their schools.

The National Principals' Leadership Academy, created by the University of Delaware and the Education Commission of the States and funded by the U.S. Education Department offered intensive training in management, student assessment, and cognitive psychology, among other issues.

"The principals face changed boards, staffs, communities, and kids,'' said Sue Fuhrmann, the project's coordinator at the University of Delaware. "They are looking for ways to approach the dynamics of change. The academy will better equip them to handle that.''

Assisted by a 1,000-page resource book and led by faculty members from the university, the principals examined case studies, worked in small groups, and visited local schools and businesses. They also helped plan a prototype academy program for future participants.

Academy officials are planning to bring the principals back together in March to report on their progress.

To provide a resource for principals involved in "outcome-based restructuring,'' the National Association of Secondary School Principals has formed a new center.

Headed by one of the leading figures in outcome-based education, William G. Spady, the International Center on Outcome-Based Restructuring is expected to hold conferences, provide on-site assistance, and issue publications on strategic design, total-quality management, and implementation strategies, among other topics.

The center held its inaugural meeting last week in Austin, Tex.

For more information about the center, write: I.C.O.B.R., P.O. Box 1630, Eagle, Colo. 81631; or call: (800) 642-1979 or (303) 368-1688.

Teachers have one. Superintendents have one. Now, principals have their own national award program.

The National Principal of the Year Program, sponsored by îáóóð and Metropolitan Life Insurance, is aimed at honoring "risk takers'' who involve their communities and motivate their students and staffs, according to Timothy J. Dyer, NASSP's executive director.

The first honoree will be named in early 1993 according to six criteria, including anticipating emerging problems, improving student achievement, and creating high morale. The winner will receive a $7,500 grant for his or her school; three other finalists will receive $2,500 grants.--R.R.

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