New report shows how to cultivate great principals

An effective school requires an effective leader, but great principals rarely just happen, says the Wallace Foundation: They are cultivated. Now, a new report from the foundation offers advice on how to do this.

Cultivating the Principals Urban Schools Need” draws on a decade of Wallace Foundation research and work in school leadership to show how urban school districts can play a major role in ensuring they have principals who can boost teaching and learning in troubled schools.

Key actions include establishing selective hiring procedures and providing mentoring to novice leaders, says the 37-page report, which is available as a PDF.

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