Publication date:16 April 2010
Length of book:168 pages
Six Steps to Preparing Exemplary Principals and Superintendents is the first book to inspire and guide professors and program administrator's proven ways to prepare exemplary principals and superintendents for schools. The authors review issues surrounding extreme criticism of leadership education and counter with positive new research and practices that clearly highlight successful programs that link preparation to on-the-job successes of graduates. The reader will find a step-by-step guide to selecting the best students, creating a pre- and post-assessment of student learning, a well-designed procedure to pretest and assure that all masters degree students actually acquire a strong knowledge base and score well on state licensure exams. The final step provides proven questionnaires to survey graduates of the masters or doctoral programs to gather valuable feedback for constant program improvement and relevance to the real world of schools.
Some fifteen years ago, three professors from Scandinavia visited me to find out how to create a new, university-based principal development program at their university. If I had had a copy of Six Steps to Preparing Exemplary Principals and Superintendents by John R. Hoyle and Mario S. Torres, Jr., my task would have been much easier. Hoyle and Torres provide a focused and straightforward case to policy makers, practitioners, and university professors as they consider program standards, program delivery models, and program outcomes in the education of exemplary educational leaders. The text has two especially strong features. First, the authors anchor their analysis and recommendations in research. Second, the examples for program design and delivery currently exist in selected universities and are not hypothetical cases. Thus, those professionals wanting to enhance their current programs have vital exemplars from which they can learn.