Principals are key to improving schools, but too often the programs that train them don’t adequately prepare principals for the challenges they will face leading schools. One way to change this is for school districts and training providers to work together so programs can better understand and respond to the needs of the schools their graduates will lead. How can such partnerships be forged and strengthened? This tool, which can be used to gauge partnerships in areas such as the quality of their communications and collaboration, is meant to help guide district-training provider discussion and planning, so districts and programs can work together constructively. A related tool
, published in 2013, is meant to help providers assess the quality of their training.