Principals as CEOs

A new U.S. News podcast series, Leadership for the Next Decade, recently featured Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan as the special guest. Duncan discusses how troubled some of our schools are and that principals need the same skills as CEOs to turn those schools around and run them efficiently and effectively. Listen to the podcast here. Acknowledging that some principals require a different set of skills than is taught in most traditional leadership programs is the first step, actually training principals through alternative programs (see profiles of this type of program) and supporting them in the most challenging schools is where the real work must happen.

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