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Attend the Upcoming Webinar on Leader Tracking Systems

Teacher to Principal: Educational Leadership Tracking Systems

Join AACTE for a webinar, Teacher to Principal: Educational Leadership Tracking Systems, which will take a closer look at the leader tracking systems created as part of the Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative. Nicholas Pelzer, program officer from the Wallace Foundation will provide an overview on how the leader tracking systems were developed. Leslie Anderson, managing director of Policy Studies Associates and Tricia McManus, assistant superintendent of leadership, professional development, and school transformation, Hillsborough County Public Schools, will share their perspectives and experiences on how data-driven decision making can inform the recruitment, preparation, and placement of principals.

Please register and attend this webinar on November 6 at 1:00 p.m. to consider how leader tracking systems can strengthen both teacher and leadership pipelines through partnerships with local school districts.

This webinar is the third in our four-part series focused on principal preparation. Last week, AACTE hosted a webinar focused on successful university and district partnerships for preparing principals. Speakers included Brenda Turnbull, principal, Policy Studies Associates, Janis Carthon, associate professor at Albany State University, and Chara Willaford of Dougherty County School System. In highlighting research from Sustaining a Principal Pipeline, Brenda Turnbull shared how working relationships between the six districts participating in the Wallace Foundation’s principal pipeline initiative deepened with their university partners over time. The collaboration brought about curricula tailored to district standards and context, joint efforts to offer authentic tasks in clinical placements, and a sense of mutual benefit.

Carthon and Willaford echoed these important takeaways as they discussed their experiences as part of the Wallace Foundation’s university preparation program initiative. This effort focuses on a redesign of principal preparation programs at seven institutions of higher education across the country. Carthon and Willaford discussed the professional learning community (PLC) comprised of university and district staff to work on the redesign process. For the success of this PLC and of their partnership overall, taking the time to build a rapport and strong relationships between the university and district personnel was proved an important first step. For more about how the partnership between Albany State University and Dougherty County School System collaborated around principal preparation, watch the webinar recording.

To learn more about the Wallace Foundation’s principal pipeline and university principal preparation initiatives, visit the school leadership section of the Foundation’s knowledge center. Additionally, visit the principal preparation section of AACTE’s website for more information about our partnership with the Wallace Foundation and for links to additional resources related to school leadership.

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Caitlin Wilson

Director, Program Improvement and Practice, AACTE