Preparing First-Time Leaders for an Urban Public School District: An Action Research Study of a Collaborative District-University Partnership
This article reports the results for the first cycle of an action research study about a district-university partnership. Two district facilitators and two university facilitators co-constructed a principal preparation program for an innercity school district to help prepare the next generation of building leaders. Twenty-two students participated in the 15-month nontraditional program. The study found that in preparing first-time school leaders, the most helpful experiences were those that developed self-understanding and readiness for the role change. New instructional techniques and the full-time residency facilitated this learning. It also found that the partnership, though providing new and exciting opportunities to deviate from the traditional preparation model, needed further development.
Simmons, J., Grogan, M., Preis, S., Matthews, K., Smith-Anderson, S., Walls, B. P., & Jackson, A. (2007). Preparing first-time leaders for an urban public school district: An action research study of a collaborative district/university partnership. Journal of School Leadership, 17(5), 540-569.
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This article was originally published in Journal of School Leadership, volume 17, issue 5, in 2007.