Redesigning University Principal Preparation Programs
May 26, 2022
University-based principal preparation programs prepare the majority of U.S. school principals. This targeted report shares findings from the RAND Corporation's five-year study of The Wallace Foundation's University Principal Preparation Initiative, with an emphasis on findings for school district leaders.
A Summary of Findings for School District Leaders (Volume 3, Part 4)
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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 targeted report shares findings from the RAND Corporation's five-year study of The Wallace Foundation's University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI), with an emphasis on findings for school district leaders.
This study was commissioned by The Wallace Foundation and undertaken by RAND Education and Labor.
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