Over the next 18 months, EDC will investigate how universities work with school districts to train principals, and which features of that partnership work best. The Wallace Foundation has awarded EDC $1.2 million to explore university-district preparation programs, using surveys, interviews, and observations to document the kinds of curricula, field experiences, and recruitment practices used in the programs.
EDC’s Cheryl King will direct the effort with Michelle LaPointe, also of EDC, and Margaret Terry Orr of Bank Street College. “We expect that study findings will provide important new insights about effective ways for districts and universities to collaborate in preparing the next generation of school principals to effectively lead our high-need urban schools,” says King.
The results of their work, to be made available next summer, support The Wallace Foundation’s initiative to boost student achievement by improving the training of education leaders, especially in high-need schools.
Originally published on July 25, 2008