This video series, funded by the Wallace Foundation, shows how Illinois successfully revamped requirements for preparation of principals.
In the News
Pressure Mounts on Higher Ed to Improve Principal Preparation, Education Week (January 2017). "Only 2 states - Illinois and Tennessee - use "well-developed" policies in the five "high leverage" areas listed below to approve principal-preparation programs and award licenses/certificates, according to the University Council for Educational Administration."
Coaching Principals to Develop Their Capacity as Instructional Leaders - Insights from Two SEED Grants - by the Teacher Quality Programs Technical Assistance Center. (2019) "This brief presents insights gained from the grantees' experiences and the lessons they learned over the course of implementing their coaching initiatives. It is designed for EED grantees and other education leaders who are providing support to principals to improve their instructional leadership. Links to relevant resources are provided within the brief and in an Appendix."
National Policy Papers
Preparing Principals for Pre-K in Illinois The Prairie State's Story of Reform and Implementation by Abbie Lieberman (2019) "This paper explores Illinois' shift from a general administrative license, called a "Type 75" license to a "PK-12 Principal Endorsement". It includes both a history of the reform efforts and a look at how implementation has fared nearly a decade after the legislation was signed into law. It also offers lessons and recommendations for other states looking to ensure principals are equipped to lead pre-K and early grade classrooms."
A publication by the National Governors Association (NGA) titled Improving Educational Outcomes: How State Policy Can Support School Principals as Instructional Leaders highlights state efforts to improve student learning outcomes by focusing on more rigorous principal development, citing Illinois’ work with principal preparation redesign as a model.
A recent publication by the Institute of Medicine titled Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation offers recommendations for building a workforce that is unified by the foundation of the science of child development and early learning for the development and early learning of children from birth through age 8. Illinois is cited in this report as the only state to have a principal endorsement that not only certifies principals for PreK through Grade 12 but also includes competencies that principals must master with early childhood, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners.
University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Webinar Series:
Getting Principal Preparation Right - Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:00pm EST - Join UCEA for an engaging conversation detailing how members of the UCEA consortium have distinguished themselves from the broader field of educational leadership preparation providers and addressing critics of the field.