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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Principals at Work Principals’ Time, Tasks, and Professional Development: An Analysis of Schools and Staffing Survey Data Institute of Education Sciences, October 2016 This study describes how principals reported spending their time and what professional development they reported participating in, based on data collected through the Schools and Staffing Survey by the National Center for…

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Research Review

Rethinking how to analyze and conduct research on professional development yields new insights to inform practice.

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The Center for Public Education examines access to options within the public education system. The report first estimates how many students are able to choose which public school to attend, regardless of whether they take advantage of the opportunity.

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Elementary focus, Learning preferences, Better than a Band-Aid, Student achievement, Teacher diversity

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