The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) report Developing Effective Principals: What Kind of Learning Matters? adds to an extensive body of research indicating that high-quality principal preparation and professional development programs lead to positive school, principal, teacher, and student outcomes.
Based on a review of peer-reviewed research and survey data, the LPI report identifies characteristics of exemplary principal learning programs that support principals’ leadership knowledge and skills. These include:
- the use of authentic learning opportunities;
- critical content on developing instruction, people, and the organization;
- managing change; and
- collegial supports.
The report also details implications for research as well as policy recommendations to support effective principal development.