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Dec 02

Putting the Spotlight on the Central Role of Principals

In a recent article in Education Week, (December 1, 2014), the U.S. Department of Education has “trained its efforts on principals by rolling out a series of initiatives that build on the growing body of research underscoring the role they (translated You) play in school’s successes” according to Denisa R. Superville.

Did someone out there just say “about time?” Amazing, but true, the Feds are climbing down from their lofty perch and recognizing the exceptional role that building administrators play across the nation in providing the best services possible with the funds available. The new focus on principals goes in a positive direction which recognizes what principals do to carry out the mandates laid out by federal and state K12¬†policies.¬† Initiatives which focus on school improvement and professional development for selected principals include grants for districts to recruit, train and mentor aspiring principals and the Turnaround School Leaders Program providing grants to train principals to lead low-performing schools.¬† Who better to accomplish these tasks other than currently successful principals?

Another federal initiative is the School Leadership Program which awards “competitive grants to districts, to recruit, train and mentor principals and aspiring principals.” Both the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals have asked for more funding of the School Leadership Program. Increasing funds for this program would help address critical areas of the principal’s job in the areas of effective teacher evaluations and improving school climate.

To learn more about the possibilities for school administrators, please go http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/12/01/13principals.h34.html