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New Video Series Offers Advice on Training, Supporting New Principals

The Wallace Foundation has produced a series of videos offering advice to school administrators looking to provide support, networking, and practical training for aspiring principals.

The two-minute videos feature school superintendents discussing new practices to develop leaders and manage career paths more intentionally, including crafting clear standards for principals, developing strong partnerships with local university preparation programs, grooming assistant principals, revamping hiring processes and stepping up support for new principals.

The newly-released video series features the superintendents from six school districts participating in the Wallace Foundation's "Principal Pipeline Initiative": Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C.; Denver; Gwinnett County, Ga.; Hillsborough County, Fla.; New York City; and Prince George's County, Md.

A third-year evaluation of the multi-million dollar investment by the New York City-based Wallace Foundation across the country found that the six urban districts—beneficiaries of a combined $75 million in philanthropic funding—are seizing opportunities to improve school leadership by better training principals, and supporting and evaluating them on the job.

For the project, the foundation sought out districts that already had in place rigorous requirements, high-quality principal training, and on-the-job supports for school leaders. The grants expire in 2016. (The Wallace Foundation supports coverage of leadership, arts education, and extended and expanded learning time in Education Week.)

Here's a link to a Shaping Strong School Leaders, an EdWeek special report on principal pipelines: //bit.ly/1usuvRU

Here's a look at the videos:


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