A blog posting by Joann Ericson
John B. Hood Middle School principal LaTonya Lockhart gives high-fives to students
Although there are many ideas being discussed to support building level administrators, a recent headline in The Dallas Morning News piqued my interest: One Weird Trick to Retain School Principals . According to the article, Texas faces a challenge that many states confront: retaining quality school principals.
To alleviate the problem, the writer suggests a mentoring program with the following components:
1. Match new school leaders with successful leaders in the school system or community, and
2. Expect all existing principals to identify, encourage, and mentor aspiring principals and continue to coach them through the induction period.
The writer contends that unlike other educational reforms that are costly, require massive efforts, and extend over many years, a mentoring program is "eminently doable and affordable". Not such a "weird trick" after all.
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