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Research and Resources

What the Research Says

Stanford University School Leadership Study

Principals play a vital role in setting the direction for successful schools, but existing knowledge on the best ways to prepare and develop highly-qualified principals is sparse. Learn more about this ongoing study aimed at filling in the gaps and determining what works. Also see their study overview "Developing Successful Principals." (PDF)

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Association of California School Administrators and the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration survey on school prinicpals - Statistical Data Included.

Former Colorado governor and Los Angeles Unified School Superintendent Roy Romer discovered this his first month or so on the job. He expressed concern that L.A. Unified, the second largest school district in the United States, was about to open the 2000-2001 school with 40 unfilled principal positions.

NEA Resources

The Discipline Dean

Steven Johnston doesn’t send unruly students to the principal’s office. He’s one of a growing number of teachers whose job it is to set the tone for students at his school.

NEA Drop Out Prevention Plan

Here are four things school administrators can do to ensure students stay in school.

Illustrative Language for an RFP To Build Tests To Support Instruction and Accountability

In a separate report, Building Tests To Support Accountability and Instruction: A Guide for Policymakers1 the Commission on Instructionally Supportive Assessment identifies nine requirements that must be satisfied if statewide tests are to support both instruction and accountability.

Other Resources

Administrators Desk

From principals' favorite hallway displays to ways to deal with angry parents, Education World's "Administrator's Desk" has it all.

Principal Profiles

Each week "Education World" profiles a different school principal to get his or her insight into what it takes to lead a school community and reflect on their personal and professional challenges.

Turnaround Tales: Administrators, Educators Unite to Beat Odds

Faced with horrible scores on the first version of Maryland's state tests, staff at Rock Hall Elementary School raised standards for students and increased professional development for teachers, and saw scores climb. (Excerpted from Karin Chenoweth of "The Washington Post" and republished on the Education World Web site).

Professional Development

U.S. Department of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Many education administrator jobs require advanced degrees, strong communication skills, and the ability to collaborate. Excellent opportunities are expected since a large proportion of education administrators is expected to retire over the next 10 years. Learn more about the nature and conditions of administrator work, training, and earnings.

'Educational Leadership': Preparing for Success

Schools rely on teachers to assume a variety of formal and informal leadership roles -- but with little or no leadership training. These research-based strategies and practical advice from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development will help you move your career to another level.

Mentoring New Administrators to Success

"The distance from the classroom or assistant principal's office to the principal's office could be very short, but the expectations grow with every step toward that door."

Preparing the Next Generation of Urban School Leaders

"In an effort to deepen the pool of qualified urban principal candidates, the Institute for the Mentorship of Urban School Leaders at Lehigh University was established to give proven school leaders the training and support needed to be effective administrators." (Education World)

Other Organizations

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

NASSP provides educators with professional research-based and peer-tested resources, and practical tools and materials necessary to be visionary school leaders.

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Check out their blog "The Principal's Office"  where the door is always open for discussing the complexities of educational leadership.

American Association of School Administrators

These school system leaders are responsible for improving the quality of districts' educational systems and often represent high-quality public education in general for the community. They offer a host of publications. Check out "The School Administrator."