May 26, 2022
University-based principal preparation programs prepare the majority of U.S. school principals. This report describes the methodology of and findings from a five-year study of an initiative designed to support improvements to such programs. It is primarily intended as a secondary resource for readers who would like more detail about the study's findings and methods.
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The job of the school principal has become much more complex and demanding over the past several decades. Many university-based principal preparation programs — which prepare the majority of school principals — have struggled with how to make the fundamental changes needed to prepare principals for today's schools. To test a path forward, The Wallace Foundation provided grants to seven universities and their partners to redesign their principal preparation programs in line with research-supported practices.
This report describes the methods of and findings from the RAND Corporation's five-year study of The Wallace Foundation's University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI). It is primarily intended as a secondary resource for readers who would like more detail about the study's findings and methods. Key findings are highlighted in the report in brief and three upcoming targeted reports: one for principal preparation programs, one for school districts, and one for state education organizations.
Changes to UPPI Principal Preparation Programs
Collaboration Across Stakeholders Around Redesign
Extending Lessons Learned Beyond the UPPI Programs
UPPI Programs and Partners, and Timeline
INSPIRE Data Collection and Analysis