"Preparing Principals for a Changing World" provides a hands-on
resource for creating and implementing effective policies and
programs for developing expert school leaders. Written by acclaimed
author and educator Linda Darling-Hammond and experts Debra
Meyerson, Michelle LaPointe, and Margaret Terry Orr, this important
book examines the characteristics of successful educational
leadership programs and offers concrete recommendations to improve
In a study funded by the Wallace Foundation, Darling-Hammond and
the team examined eight exemplary principal development programs,
as well as state policies and principals' experiences across the
country. Using the data from the study, they reveal how successful
programs are structured, the skills and knowledge participants
gain, and what they are able to do in practice as school leaders as
What do these exemplary programs have in common? Aggressive
recruitment; close ties with schools in the community;
on-the-ground training under the wing of expert principals, and a
strong emphasis on the cutting-edge theories of instructional and
In addition to highlighting the programs' similarities, the
study also explains the differences among the programs and sheds
light on the effectiveness of approaches and models from different
states and contexts?East, West, North, and South; urban and rural;
pre-service and in-service. The authors analyze program outcomes
for principals and their schools, including illustrative case
studies and educators' voices on the influence of programs'
strategies for recruitment, internships, mentoring, and
The ideas and suggestions outlined in "Preparing Principals for
a Changing World" are presented with the goal of increasing the
number of highly qualified, thoughtful, and innovative educational
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