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Principal Preparation Programs to Receive Major Funding From Foundation

Principal Preparation Programs to Receive Major Funding From Foundation

The Wallace Foundation has been committed to improving principal preparation through funding research on what makes an effective principal for years.

Its most recent commitment to the issue is $47 million in funding that will go to improving training programs in at least six of the country’s universities, says The Washington Post.

" The money will pay to redesign as many as six university training programs, each of which will be expected to partner with several school districts so that practicing superintendents and administrators have input into what aspiring principals need to learn in order to be well-prepared,” the Post says.

The foundation was inspired to act after it conducted research that found the country’s superintendents are largely unhappy with the principals they oversee due to low-quality principal preparation programs.

"We hope this initiative will provide evidence about how to strengthen these programs, as a first step toward eventually creating a new, national evidence-based norm for how principals are prepared,” said the foundation’s president Will Miller to the Post.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

3/16/2016

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