The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation last week christened New Jersey's first principals' center.
The Principals' Center for the Garden State--located on the campus of Princeton University, where it will share offices with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching--will offer professional-development support "on a tremendous range of projects,'' said Scott McVay, the director of the Dodge Foundation.
The New Jersey center is one of about 70 free-standing and university-connected centers for school administrators around the nation.
The Dodge Foundation is providing most of the start-up money for the center, but other corporations and philanthropies are expected to contribute to its projects.
Mr. McVay said he expects both the Carnegie Foundation and the university to work in tandem with the new center by sharing their resources and collaborating on research or other projects.
Ernest L. Boyer, the president of the Carnegie Foundation, "sees the work of principals as an extension of his work,'' added Mr. McVay, "because the principal sets the general tone and direction'' in a school.
The new program is modeled after the first principals' center, founded at Harvard University in 1981 by the educator and author Roland S. Barth.
Most of the New Jersey principals who have received funding from Dodge for research or other professional development over the past two years have also participated in the Harvard program, Mr. McVay added.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals is tapping charter members for a School Restructuring Exchange aimed at encouraging school leaders to share their ideas on education programs for the 21st century.
The new program will be open to schools that already have a comprehensive restructuring plan for the future.
In addition, administrators must complete a mission statement and define goals related to such issues as staff development, instruction, management and budget, and school culture.
All public and private middle schools and high schools are eligible to take part in the exchange.
Applications must be submitted to the N.A.S.S.P. by the end of next month.
More information about the program is available from the N.A.S.S.P.,
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