On the first day of school in the fall, many students find that they not only need to catch up with new friends and teachers, but also new principals. The shuffling of principals can bring new perspective and energy to a school, but a tradeoff may occur during the period of transition and cohesion. In
After a conversation with CPE’s senior policy analyst Jim Hull last week in which Jim helped explain to issues of accountability, the conversation segued onto the topic of school principals and the powerful role they play in public education. Apparently, Jim is not the only one who believes that principals are key players in student success.
We’ve been talking a lot about principals lately, mainly because we have a paper on principal effectiveness coming out in about a week. I’ll give you a sneak peek: one of the things that improves principal’s effectiveness is simply real-world experience. So it was interesting to read an article in the Indianapolis Star, “Indiana to