Meaningful Partnerships: Lessons from Two Innovative Principal Preparation Programs

We were pleased to have Javaid Siddiqi, President & CEO of the Hunt Institute and Patrick SimsDirector of Policy & Research at the Hunt Institute who shared their recent case study Meaningful Partnerships –Lessons from Two Innovative Principal Preparation ProgramsThe study highlights two innovative programs – the Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) in North Carolina and Kansas City Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools (KC PLUS) in Missouri. In creating pro­grams to meet the unique needs of districts located in rural and urban settings, respectively, both NELA and KC PLUS have built rigorous, practice-based principal preparation programs utilizing equity-fo­cused school leader development. The report takes a closer look at each program and considers the policy conditions that both supported, and hindered the programs’ success. 

This Webinar highlights policy considerations and key takeaways from both programs, including their work to build rigorous, practice-based principal preparation programs utilizing equity-fo­cused school leader development to meet the unique needs of their partner districts.

Key Takeaways:

  • With the onset of more robust teacher evaluation systems and the increasing importance of personalization and differentiation, the role of the school leader has shifted dramatically.
    This requires principal preparation programs to reimagine how they prepare school leaders.

  • The Northeast Leadership Academy in North Carolina and Kansas City PLUS in Missouri are two programs that have worked to create principal preparation programs that utilize
    practice-based curriculum, executive coaching, meaningful district partnerships
    , and robust principal residencies to ensure that their students are prepared to be highly
    effective school leaders.

  • Policymakers should consider the importance of districts and universities working in tandem to determine program needs and make hiring recommendations. 
    Additionally, both of these programs revealed the value of high-quality field experiences that offer students the opportunity to practice what they are learning with strong support from executive coaches along the way. 

For more on our conversation with Javaid and Patrick, please check out the full webinar below!

To learn more about these two innovative programs, please visit the Northeast Leadership Academy (NELA) and Kansas City Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools (KC PLUS).

 


We hope you’ll join us for our next webinar on Wednesday, January 16th at 1:00 PM EST, for a conversation with Kim Anderson, Senior Policy Researcher at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Kim will cover SREB’s recent report Accountability for School Improvement and College and Career Readiness which covers findings on accountability for college and career readiness as articulated in approved state ESSA plans as well as regional trends that show 5 ways states prioritize readiness. Including insights that highlight professional learning recommendations for educators and how states foster alignment of instructional materials. We hope you can join us!

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See you at the Intersection,
The Hunt Team