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    Leveraging Community Resources to Strengthen Clinical Practice for New Principals

    This spring, AACTE will present a new webinar series, “Leveraging Community Resources to Strengthen Clinical Practice for New Principals,” supported by The Wallace Foundation as part of the Association’s ongoing partnership to disseminate the latest research and practice innovations in principal preparation.

    As the roles and responsibilities of a principal continuously evolve, this free webinar series will explore how these changes impact principals’ day-to-day work and how to support new principals in navigating challenges successfully. The four webinars in the series build on the Wallace Foundation’s 2016 report Improving University Principal Preparation Programs: Five Themes From the Field, which highlights the need for realistic clinical experiences in quality preparation programs.

    These webinars can be used to provide clinical expertise to principal preparation programs and to support new principals’ induction programs. We will engage in conversations with community partners, ranging from social services and law enforcement to mental health professionals, to provide critical, timely information for preservice principals, novice administrators, and university faculty who teach in principal preparation programs.

    If you are involved in school leadership, please join us on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time! By joining us live, you can ask questions and participate actively in the conversation. Just click on the links below to visit the registration page for each date. The webinars will also be recorded and archived for future use in principal preparation classrooms or for professional development of practicing professionals.

    Wednesday, February 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

    Leveraging Community Resources to Strengthen Clinical Practice for New Principals: Investigation Techniques for School Safety

    Prompt, thorough investigations are an important tool for gathering critical information that affects the safety and well-being of a school, yet many new principals lack training on how to conduct fair and competent investigations. Expert panelists will discuss best practices, legal guidelines, and common mistakes.

    Wednesday, March 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

    Leveraging Community Resources to Strengthen Clinical Practice for New Principals: Partnering With Legal and Social Services

    Professionals such as school social workers and school resource officers are collaborating with school principals in increasing and changing ways. Panelists will discuss the expertise of other professionals within the greater community that can positively impact the educational environment and support new school leaders.

    Wednesday, April 18, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

    Leveraging Community Resources to Strengthen Clinical Practice for New Principals: Mental Health Support for School Leaders

    New principals must not only learn to seamlessly integrate curriculum, lead change, and manage personnel; they must also become first responders in times of tragedy and interrogation experts in criminal investigations, while supporting their own mental health in new high-stress jobs. Webinar guests will detail strategies and suggest practices to help new principals support their own mental health needs in this changing, high-need role.

    Wednesday, May 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

    Leveraging Community Resources to Strengthen Clinical Practice for New Principals: Crisis Management

    Teen suicide, school violence, the opioid epidemic, and many other societal crises are influencing schools in new and devastating ways. School principals are being required to become first responders in a multitude of emergency situations. Panelists for this webinar will discuss critical response protocols and communication pitfalls.


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    Donna Cooner

    Colorado State University

    Wendy Fothergill

    Colorado State University

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