Principal Training Increasingly Stresses Real-Life Experience in Leadership

Through coaching, mentorship, internships and other efforts, training programs for future and on-the-job principals are increasingly focusing on offering practical, not just textbook, experiences, according to an article in Education Week. "The biggest learning here has been really learning the day-to-day operations of the school, different things that happen in a day with students and parents," says a participant in one such program, in Chicago. "I work hand in hand with the principal. I'm doing everything he's doing; I'm in every meeting he's in." The article cites a 2010 Wallace-commissioned report that found that school districts could influence leader training by acting like "discerning customers" who clearly describe to training programs the principal capabilities they are in the market for.