What steps must school districts take to create a pipeline of high-quality principals? This feature article describes the efforts of districts that are part of a six-year, Wallace-funded initiative to further develop their principal pipelines. Districts pursued four key strategies: setting standards for school leaders, training future principals rigorously, hiring selectively and offering strong on-the-job support for novices. Leaders from six school districts—Denver; Prince George's County, Md.; Gwinnet County, Ga.; Hillsborough Co., Fla.; Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C.; and New York City—share their strategies for selecting and developing school leaders and discuss candidly what's working and what's not.
The article appeared in the February 2012 issue of
JSD, the journal of Learning Forward, an association for those who work in professional development in education.