New initiative to redesign principal preparation programs

In its most recent work, the Wallace Foundation has been engaged in two initiatives to strengthen leaders. Its Principal Pipeline Initiative is helping districts get clear about the job leaders are expected to do, the training they need to perform their work, the kind of hiring practices that will get the right person in the appropriate position, and the kind of induction and ongoing support that will help them be effective. A second Wallace initiative seeks to strengthen the practices of district principal supervisors — those key individuals who support building principals in their work.

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Seeing teaching through video

By: Yvonne Godber As a trainer and evaluator working on video-based professional development resources at Teachstone (a company founded by Professors Pianta and Hamre at the University of Virginia), I was so excited to attend my first Learning Forward conference in Dallas in December.  Given my interest in strategically using video with teachers and coaches to drive…

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Professional learning as a system of nested supports

By Elizabeth Foster and Isabel Sawyer Imagine if all educators were supported over their careers by a “nested” professional learning system in which there was a pathway for professional growth connecting individual pursuits to priorities at the district and state policy levels. Professional learning experiences would address individual and collective educator needs, build on previous…

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