Special Report: Shaping Strong School Leaders

The principal's job is often called the loneliest in K-12 education, but it's just as fitting to call it the toughest. Hours are long. Demands come from all directions. And no one else in a school has the same responsibilities. Who would want the job? And who is cut out to do it successfully, year in and year out?

This Education Week special report examines how educators and policymakers are tackling critical issues facing principals already on the job and helping districts build a bench of strong school leaders.

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In this special report, we examine how educators and policymakers are cultivating principals who can be the kind of political, managerial, and instructional leaders the profession now demands.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week

State leaders work to upgrade the principal ranks through training and coaching of talented administrators looking to move up.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week

The need for more high-quality professional development for school leaders is gaining traction in local districts and with state and federal policymakers.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week

As demands of the job grow, principals are tapping into the talents of the teacher corps to serve in meaningful leadership roles that support management and improve instruction.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week

New efforts and first-ever standards focus on overhauling the job of managing school leaders.
Audio Slideshow: A Principal and His Boss Work in Tandem
January 21, 2015 – Education Week

The nation's largest charter network annually prepares principal candidates with intensive training and support.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week

The Denver public school system has made developing its own school leaders a priority for more than a decade. The district has more recently intensified its efforts to expand—and strengthen—its principal pipeline by focusing on how it trains, selects, and supports school leaders.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week

In this special photo project, we asked principals who use Twitter and Instagram to share images that capture their daily lives as school leaders.
January 7, 2015 – Education Week

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