Program and Policy Innovation in Administrator Preparation Programs in the United States
Dr. James A. Rabbitt.
This paper considers the current condition of school administrator preparation programs in the United States. It cites the research of 20 years of reform efforts which produced little improvement, and reviews the growing calls from throughout the country for the need for immediate improvement and specific change to meet the challenge of today's educational needs. Nationally-known, innovative administrator preparation programs are highlighted, compared and contrasted. These programs, developed by school districts, universities and non-traditional providers, seek to produce a "new" educational leadership with the skills to respond to increased diversity of students, staff and community, shared decision-making, collaborative leadership, supportive technology, mentoring of future school leaders and the on-going professional development of administrators for the improvement of student achievement. Public policy reforms at the national, state and local levels which foster the "new" leadership will be discussed as a platform for creating an improved leadership pool by heightening qualifications, creating alternative routes to certification and adopting state and national standards to guide policy and practice related to administrator preparation.
Dr. James A. Rabbitt (United States)
School of Education
Saint Xavier University
Dr. Rabbitt is an Assistant Professor of educational administration and supervision at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. He holds an Ed.D. degree in educational administration and a J.D.. He has experience as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, principal and superintendent in public schools throughout Illinois. He has served on local and statewide committees which focus on professional development of school administrators.
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)