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Document Number: 6276

The Principal Internship: How Can We Get It Right? - This paper reports findings of a survey of 61 university leadership preparation programs in the 16-state Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) region. The paper finds that current internship programs are producing many ill-qualified, unprepared principals. Other findings include: (1) preparing school reform leaders is not a high priority; (2) principal interns are more likely to follow than to lead; (3) many aspiring principals are under-supported during their internship experience; (4) performance evaluations of principal candidates often lack a high degree of rigor; and (5) principal preparation is out of sync with accountability demands. Starting on page eight, the paper includes a call to action, examining what states, universities, school districts and professional organizations can do to improve the quality of internships for aspiring school leaders. (SREB, July 2005)...

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