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Preparing Principals for High Need Rural Schools

A Central Office Perspective about Collaborative Efforts to Transform School Leadership

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This article presents district administrators’ reflections about the contextual challenges they face in leading a high-need rural school system in Central Appalachia and the change initiatives they implemented to transform the principalship from school management to instructional leadership. After several years of reform efforts, the district superintendent sought external support to deliver intensive professional development to further the district’s efforts. A land-grant research university and the rural district partnered to develop the Principals Excellence Program (PEP) and, in turn, submitted a proposal for funding to support training for two cohorts of practicing principals and administrator-certified teachers who aspire to become principals. The article presents perspectives by the district administrators and leadership educators involved in the district-initiated activities to change the culture of administrative practice.

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Authored By

  • Tricia Browne Ferrigno

    Associate Professor/Educational Leadership StudiesUniversity of Kentucky

    Dr. Browne-Ferrigno’s current research focuses on pre-service and continuing leadership preparation, educational reform and school improvement, faculty mentoring in higher education, and the education doctorate. She has also investigated teacher quality, gifted underachievement, and mathematics education issues. She is Director of the Principals Excellence Program (PEP).

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Published: Feb 10, 2006
Authors: , Lawrence W. Allen, L. Allen Consulting, Inc.
Source: Journal of Research in Rural Education

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