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By the U.S. Department of Education
November 25, 2013
As part of ED Goes Back to School Principal Shadow Week, dozens of Education Department officials spent time this week learning about the work of principals by job shadowing them at school.
More than 45 principals paired up with Education officials, which gave the department an opportunity to see the successes and challenges of implementing reform efforts at the school-level.
Many staff members shadowed principals in the D.C. metro area, in addition to schools in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia. In Baton Rouge, La., Acting U.S. Deputy Security of Education Jim Shelton shadowed Principal Viola Jackson as she made her rounds through Capitol Middle School, part of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
“This is a valuable opportunity for us to learn what principals do to improve instruction and increase student performance in schools,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “It also enables us to honor the work of our nation’s school leaders. Great principals are among the keys to America’s children getting a first-rate education. The department is thankful for the principals who opened up their schools to our entire team and provided us with this unique opportunity to learn more.”
Today, Duncan met with Education Department employees and their principal “shadowees” to debrief with them on their principal shadowing experiences and how they may apply it to their work at the department. The Education Department is partnering in the effort with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and New Leaders.
By New Leaders
July 17, 2013
July 17, 2013, New York City, NY – With the increasing national focus on state leadership in education policy reform, New Leaders is set to release their latest publication, Change Agents: How States Can Develop Effective Leaders. The publication includes a concept paper as well as an accompanying companion guide, which serves as a tool for immediate state action.
Change Agents makes the case that now is the time for states to improve the preparation and licensure of principals. Based on New Leaders’ experience preparing more than 1,000 school leaders over the last decade and current research, the paper outlines a compelling case to act and describes concrete policy recommendations for states that want to move forward in addressing these critical levers to improve education for all.
There is not enough great talent leading our schools and our classrooms – particularly in low income communities and communities of color – where educators tend to have less experience and staff turnover is highest. The 16,000 high-poverty schools in the United States are more likely to be led by ineffective principals.
By Arne Duncan
June 16, 2013
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s Graduation Remarks at McKinley Tech High School
I’m so pleased to be here on Father’s Day with your wonderful Chancellor, Kaya Henderson, Principal Pinder, Mr. Saunders, McKinley staff, families and friends. And a special congratulations to the fantastic McKinley Tech High School Graduating Class of 2013!
I love the opportunity to help celebrate your academic and personal success and this time of passage to college and careers.
McKinley Tech is exactly the kind of school that President Obama holds up as an example when he talks about redesigning and strengthening our nation’s high schools.