Principal Pipeline

Leslie Alexander, right, talks with North Forsyth High School Assistant Principal of Instruction La Quisha Linder about what to expect while interviewing for the Winson-Salem/Forsyth County School District principal talent pool. Alexander is the Area Superintendent of Leadership Development and is working to develop a principal workforce that is representative of the district's demographics.
Leslie Alexander, right, talks with North Forsyth High School Assistant Principal of Instruction La Quisha Linder about what to expect while interviewing for the Winson-Salem/Forsyth County School District principal talent pool. Alexander is the Area Superintendent of Leadership Development and is working to develop a principal workforce that is representative of the district's demographics.
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School & District Management Principals of Color Are Scarce. Here's What Districts Are Doing About It
More than three-quarters of principals are white, though more than half of students are nonwhite. Here are some approaches to change that.
Denisa R. Superville, December 7, 2021
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Sarah Foster, principal of North Linden Elementary School, talks with Katina Perry in Columbus, Ohio on November 30, 2021. Columbus City Schools has a program that lets principal “test out” the principal role, before actually fully taking it on. Through the program, they work in a school for two years under a mentor principal and fill in as principal at different schools during that time.
Katina Perry, right, principal of Fairmoor Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, meets with Sarah Foster, principal of North Linden Elementary School and Perry's mentor in a school leader internship program.
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School & District Management This Intensive Internship Helps Principals Get Ready For the Job
A two-year program in Columbus City Schools gives aspiring principals the chance to dive deep into the job before actually taking the reins.
Denisa R. Superville, December 2, 2021
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Professional Development Teaming Up School and District Leaders: A Win-Win Approach to PD
Some professional development programs get district and school leaders working together in an effort to align policies and goals.
Denisa R. Superville, November 2, 2021
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School & District Management With $102 Million in Grants, These Districts Plan to Train Principals With a Focus on Equity
The new grant program from the Wallace Foundation will help eight school districts work on building principals’ capacity to address equity.
Denisa R. Superville, October 14, 2021
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Career Advice Thinking of Becoming an Administrator? First, Consider These 4 Things
Teachers who stayed in the classroom and those who left share their perspectives on making the leap from teaching to administration.
Elizabeth Heubeck, June 22, 2021
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School & District Management How the Pandemic Is Already Changing Principal-Prep Programs
Principal-prep programs are rethinking key areas like online offerings, equity, recruitment, and district partnerships.
Denisa R. Superville, June 4, 2021
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School & District Management Reported Essay Principals Need Help Building Anti-Racist Schools
Anti-racist school leadership is about becoming more racially aware and taking action, explains Denisa R. Superville.
Denisa R. Superville, September 23, 2020
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Assessment Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of short stories you may have missed.
July 13, 2020
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Principal Alethea Bustillo joins a 3rd grade class with students Lindsey Lazo Argueta, at left, and Yancy Gomez-Argueta at Bruce Monroe Elementary School in Washington.
Principal Alethea Bustillo joins a 3rd grade class with students Lindsey Lazo Argueta, at left, and Yancy Gomez-Argueta at Bruce Monroe Elementary School in Washington.
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School & District Management 6 Districts Invested in Principals and Saw Dramatic Gains. Dozens More Will Try to Do the Same
Scores rose dramatically in school districts that focused on improving principals. Now other districts hope to replicate that success.
Denisa R. Superville, February 11, 2020
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School & District Management Paying for New Principal Talent With Title I Money? New Study Says It's Possible
States have traditionally heavily relied on Title II funds to pay for school leadership programs. But evidence from six districts that invested heavily in developing principals meets the federal standard for justifying using Title I money for such programs, an analysis has found.
Denisa R. Superville, April 10, 2019
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School & District Management Opinion 4 Things Districts Can Do to Find (and Keep) Good Principals
Building a better principal pipeline requires improved hiring practices and on-the-job support, writes the Wallace Foundation’s Jody Spiro.
Jody Spiro, August 7, 2017
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School & District Management Districts Can Build a Stronger Bench of Principals for Relatively Low Costs
A new report from The RAND Corporation on districts that are participating in the Wallace Foundation's Principal Pipeline Initiative found that districts in the initiative spent an average of $31,000 per principal, or $42 per pupil, annually on pipeline-related programs.
Denisa R. Superville, June 21, 2017
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Special Report Who's Ready to Be a Principal?
Education Week explores how some states, school districts, universities, and alternative programs are ramping up efforts to groom principals trained in the mosaic of skills necessary to be successful at running schools.
January 25, 2017
Goreville, Ill., Superintendent Steve Webb greets students at Goreville Elementary School. Webb says the state’s new requirements for principal training make it harder for rural districts like his to find qualified candidates.
Goreville, Ill., Superintendent Steve Webb greets students at Goreville Elementary School. Webb says the state’s new requirements for principal training make it harder for rural districts like his to find qualified candidates.
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School & District Management Principal-Preparation Programs Get Major Makeover in Illinois
The state's move to overhaul training for school leaders has shifted university-based programs' focus to developing principals who are strong instructional leaders.
Corey Mitchell, January 24, 2017
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