Principals, Strap on Your Armor

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week put the onus on principals to improve our schools when he called for a “team of warrior principals to leave the easier places and go into the most underserved communities with a chance to build a new team.” Secretary Duncan was addressing approximately 350 principals at the annual meeting of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and National Association of Secondary School Principals. He said we need to enlist 1,000 principals a year over the next five years, and that principals need to develop evaluations that are “fair, thoughtful, but meaningful.”
 
Principals are critical to SMHC’s school reform efforts. The SMHC District Reform Network has eight working groups, including one devoted to developing strategies to help principals serve as effective talent managers within their schools. Districts should align their systems for defining and developing principal competencies, which should include the competencies needed for human capital management at the school site. Additionally, the SMHC State Reform Network is made up of states working to adopt and implement key state SMHC reform that reinforce district abilities to recruit and retain top-principal talent.

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