PBS NEWSHOUR Interviews Wallace President Will Miller About Principal Training

Will Miller, president of The Wallace Foundation, appeared on the PBS NEWSHOUR to offer perspective on a story examining how urban school districts can train and retain great principals. The good news, he said in his interview with Ray Suarez, is that the skills necessary to become an effective school leader are teachable. Miller talked about several of the key practices of effective principals, including shaping a vision of academic success for all students, creating a climate hospitable to education, cultivating leadership in others and focusing on classroom instruction. He also acknowledged that leading an underperforming urban school is a difficult job but noted that leadership can make the biggest difference in “the most difficult schools that [serve] our most disadvantaged kids.” An innovative principal preparation program referenced in the segment – a collaboration between The University of Illinois-Chicago and Chicago Public Schools – was partially funded through Wallace’s work in education leadership.