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Making Sense of Leading Schools

A Study of the School Principalship

This report shows why a “one-size-fits-all” view of leadership training and methods does a disservice to both principals and their schools.
September 2003
A principal talking to a school administrator inside a school library
  • Author(s)
  • Bradley Portin, Paul Schneider, Michael DeArmond, and Lauren Gundlach
  • Publisher(s)
  • Center on Reinventing Public Education
Page Count 59 pages


Good principals are expert diagnosticians as well as leadership coordinators who know when and how to delegate authority, according to this report by the University of Washington. It also examines how superintendents, school boards, teachers, and universities can better understand principals’ complex roles and support principals in their work.

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