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Three Stories to Steal: School Leadership

  1. Given the national data on high principal turnover, explore the issue in your district or state, and initiatives that may or may not be working to retain principals.
  2. Follow a principal over a school year, particularly if the school is undergoing a transformation, has a new principal in charge, or is starting new initiatives. Spend as much time as possible in the school with the principal and teachers, but also be sure to speak to parents and students to hear their perspectives.
  3. This is terribly wonky, but important: Examine the quality of your state’s principal preparation, certification, and license-renewal programs. Is your state considering principal performance data when making decisions about licensing programs? Is it using principal effectiveness data when renewing individual principal’s licenses? What trends are you noticing in your state’s preparation programs?