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Volume 20, Number 2
March/April 2004

Preparing the “Highly Qualified Principal”

Will new training and recruitment programs reshape the profession?


With its goal of putting a "highly qualified teacher" in every classroom, the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has raised many questions about the current state of K-12 teacher preparation, certification, and professional development. Largely absent from the federal law are requirements about the qualifications of other school personnel, most notably principals. What if NCLB had also required that there be a "highly qualified principal" in every school by 2005-2006? What would such a designation mean, and how would we prepare someone to be this kind of school leader?

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For Further Information

For Further Information

E-Lead, c/o Institute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 310, Washington,
DC 20036; tel. 202-822-8405.

E. Gootman. “Schools Get $4 Million to Recruit Principals.” New York Times, September 23, 2003, p. B4.

C. Mazzeo. “Improving Teaching and Learning by Improving School Leadership.” National Governors Association and NGA Center for Best Practices, September 2003.

National Institute for School Leadership, located at the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), 555 13th St., NW, Suite 500 West, Washington, DC, 20004; tel. 202-783-3668.

Principal Residency Network, part of The Big Picture Company, 275 Westminster St., Suite 500, Providence, RI, 02903; tel. 401-456-0600.

Southern Regional Education Board
, 592 10th St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318; tel. 404-875-9211.

M. Stricherz. “In San Diego, Principals’ Focus Is Teaching and Learning.” Education Week, November 28, 2001, pp. 6–7.