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How Can Accrediting Organizations and Standards Improve Principal Quality?

When we are faced with changes in standards or other expectations for our programs, we often worry about their impact on our work. But sometimes revisions are needed to improve our processes and outcomes, informed by our ever-growing body of research and experience with partners in the field. How can new rules or laws enhance rather than upend our work?

Please join me October 5 at 1:00 p.m. EDT for a free webinar, How Accrediting Organizations and Standards Can Improve Principal Quality, made possible with support from The Wallace Foundation. Panelists will discuss their varied viewpoints on these parameters for improvement and lessons they’ve learned in national and state agencies, PK-12 districts, and higher education.

We’ve assembled speakers who have worked on accreditation and program approval – including the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards, the new National Educational Leadership Preparation Standards (for specialized program review), and the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (formerly known as ISLLC standards) on which they’re based—as well as with different models of licensure and principal preparation. We will also discuss actions taken in Illinois to improve school leadership by making the program approval process more rigorous and requiring all programs to reapply (see this report from the Illinois Education Research Council).

The following experts will provide their perspectives in the webinar (and I will serve as moderator):

  • Jami Royal Berry, Clinical Associate Professor and Educational Leadership Program Coordinator, Georgia State University
  • Deb Eldridge, CAEP Consultant
  • Tim Finklea, AACTE, Director of Member Engagement and Support
  • Penney McRoy, Director, Educator Preparation Division, Georgia State Standards Board
  • Pamela Tucker, Associate Professor, University of Virginia, and Senior Associate Director, University Council for Educational Administration (Tucker is engaged with the NELP standards and the development of accompanying assessments)
  • Kendra Washington-Bass, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GA), and Director, Quality Plus Leadership Academy

I hope you will take this opportunity to learn about successfully melding the changing expectations of accreditation and state and national priorities into our work in leadership preparation—for our own roles as well as our partners in the field.

To register, visit the event page.

Did you miss our previous webinars on principal preparation? View them in the online archive in AACTE’s Resource Library:

And mark your calendar now for the next webinar in the series, Effective Tools to Support School Leader Licensure and Professional Development, to be held October 27 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

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Angela Maynard Sewall

University of Arkansas at Little Rock