Saying that "there is new attention to the role of the principal" in school improvement, a PBS NEWSHOUR segment last night explored steps urban school districts and universities are taking to train, support and retain great principals. Will Miller, president of The Wallace Foundation, is interviewed, offering perspective on what Wallace and its partners have learned over the past decade.
The good news, he says in his conversation with correspondent Ray Suarez, is that the skills necessary to become an effective school leader are teachable. Miller notes that effective principals shape a vision of academic success for all students, create a climate hospitable to education, cultivate leadership in others and focus on classroom instruction. Leading an underperforming urban school is a difficult job, he says, but leadership can make the biggest difference in "the most difficult schools that [serve] our most disadvantaged kids."
Will Miller, President of the Wallace Foundation, provides some new perspective on supporting principals:
To learn more about the importance of principal support in district office transformation, download the Dr. Honig and the University of Washington's report: "Central Office Transformation for District-Wide Teaching and Learning Improvement"
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