Preparing Principals for a Changing World: Lessons from Effective School Leadership Programs

Preparing Principals for a Changing World: Lessons from Effective School Leadership Programs

Author(s): Linda Darling-Hammond, Debra Meyerson, Michelle LaPointe, Margaret Terry Orr, Margaret Barber, Carol Cohen, Kimberly Dailey, Stephen Davis, Joseph Flessa, Joseph Murphy, Raymond Pecheone, Naida Tushnet

Published Online: 5 JAN 2012 10:27AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470407684

Online ISBN: 9781118269329

DOI: 10.1002/9781118269329

About this Book

Preparing Principals for a Changing World provides a hands-on resource for creating and implementing effective policies and programs for developing expert school leaders. Written by acclaimed author and educator Linda Darling-Hammond and experts Debra Meyerson, Michelle LaPointe, and Margaret Terry Orr, this important book examines the characteristics of successful educational leadership programs and offers concrete recommendations to improve programs nationwide.

In a study funded by the Wallace Foundation, Darling-Hammond and the team examined eight exemplary principal development programs, as well as state policies and principals' experiences across the country. Using the data from the study, they reveal how successful programs are structured, the skills and knowledge participants gain, and what they are able to do in practice as school leaders as a result.

What do these exemplary programs have in common? Aggressive recruitment; close ties with schools in the community; on-the-ground training under the wing of expert principals, and a strong emphasis on the cutting-edge theories of instructional and transformational leadership.

In addition to highlighting the programs' similarities, the study also explains the differences among the programs and sheds light on the effectiveness of approaches and models from different states and contexts?East, West, North, and South; urban and rural; pre-service and in-service. The authors analyze program outcomes for principals and their schools, including illustrative case studies and educators' voices on the influence of programs' strategies for recruitment, internships, mentoring, and coursework.

The ideas and suggestions outlined in Preparing Principals for a Changing World are presented with the goal of increasing the number of highly qualified, thoughtful, and innovative educational leaders.

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