This comprehensive resource examines lessons from the private sector, provides case studies of "star" principals, and offers reflection questions for more effective application of leadership principles.

Support Research-Based Principal Preparation

Support research-based principal preparation

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the “naturals,” the ones who somehow know how to teach.… Nobody seems to know, however, what it is the “naturals” do that the rest of us do not do.

—Drucker (1968, p. 338)

During the past twenty-five years, a sizable pile of evidence has been accumulated to support the notion that the principal plays a major role in the success of a school and the achievement of its students. It seems strange, therefore, that sound, research-based knowledge about how to prepare great principals is, at best, sparse (Davis, ...

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