Principal Pipeline

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School & District Management What Principal Prep Looks Like Right Now
Virtual options have grown, and that trend is expected to continue.
Denisa R. Superville, September 16, 2022
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School & District Management What Happens When Districts, States, and Universities Collaborate on Principal-Prep?
A new report says broad partnerships can improve the learning experience for school leaders.
Denisa R. Superville, June 11, 2022
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Principal Vernicka Rolle-Murray leads students to classrooms after breakfast, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, during the first day of school at Washington Elementary School in Riviera Beach, Fla.
Principal Vernicka Rolle-Murray leads students to classrooms after breakfast on the first day of classes at Washington Elementary School in Riviera Beach, Fla., in 2021.
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Professional Development Principal Prep and PD: What Works and What's Being Left Out
Decades of research has clarified what effective principals need to know and where training programs succeed or lag.
Denisa R. Superville, June 7, 2022
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School & District Management For Principals, Prep and PD Fall Short, New Report Finds
Training programs for principals are slowly, but unevenly, adapting to the research on how principals affect students and teachers.
Denisa R. Superville, June 2, 2022
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School & District Management How Principals Can Help Assistant Principals Get Ready for the Top Job
Assistant principals don't always get all the experiences they need to be successful school leaders. Their principals can change that.
Denisa R. Superville, April 18, 2022
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School & District Management New Principal-Training Program Aims to Increase Number of Leaders of Color
A principal-prep program, backed by New Leaders, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, will focus on leaders of color and equity.
Denisa R. Superville, March 9, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion I Teach Aspiring School Leaders. It’s Not Business as Usual
Teachers are rattled. I must model being a human first so they can do the same when they lead schools, writes Mariama Smith Gray.
Mariama Smith Gray, February 17, 2022
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Baron Davis, Superintendent of Richland School District Two, in Columbia, S.C.
Baron Davis is the superintendent of Richland School District Two, in Columbia, S.C.
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Recruitment & Retention How Schools Can Support Leaders of Color, According to Experts
A more diverse K-12 leadership pool is essential for student success.
Evie Blad, January 28, 2022
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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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