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Document Number: 6172

Learning to Lead: What Gets Taught in Principal Preparation Programs - Ninety-six percent of practicing principals report that on-the-job experiences or guidance from colleagues has been more helpful in preparing them for their current position than their graduate school studies. This paper examines whether principal preparation programs are equipping graduates with the skills to lead in a world marked by unprecedented responsibilities, challenges and managerial opportunities. The authors find little evidence that principal preparation programs are introducing students to a broad range of management, organizational or administrative theory and practice, and that preparation has not kept pace with changes in the larger world of schooling, leaving graduates ill-equipped for the challenges and opportunities posed by an era of accountability. (Frederick M. Hess and Andrew P. Kelly, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2005)...

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