Hillsborough's Principal Pipeline

Aligned learning strengthens leadership in Florida District

By Tricia McManus
June 2017
Vol. 38 No. 3
The path to principalship in Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida is not one taken lightly. After receiving the Wallace Foundation Principal Pipeline Initiative grant, Hillsborough was one of six districts that developed a comprehensive principal pipeline based on four key components: leader standards that define the role of principal, quality selection and preservice training practices, effective hiring practices, and on-the-job evaluation and support to provide coaching and ongoing professional learning. To become a principal, teachers must first obtain Educational Leadership Certification and enter the Hillsborough Principal Pipeline. After serving as an assistant principal and successfully completing the Preparing New Principals program, they can be matched with a principal vacancy. But even after they become a principal, their professional learning continues. As the district’s assistant

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Tricia McManus

Tricia McManus ( is assistant superintendent of educational leadership and professional development for Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida.

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