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Report Series: Early Themes in Education Leadership
Part 9 of 14

The Principal Internship

How Can We Get It Right?

The Southern Regional Education Board evaluates 60 principal internship programs and recommends how they can be better linked to current job demands.
April 2005
A school principal talks to a student at his desk.
  • Author(s)
  • Betty Fry, Gene Bottoms, and Kathy O'Neill
  • Publisher(s)
  • Southern Regional Education Board
Page Count 40 pages


In this report, the Southern Regional Education Board evaluates some 60 internship programs within its states and finds them lacking in a number of ways, including failing to provide real experiences in leadership. It urges policymakers, universities and school districts to create apprenticeships that better prepare aspiring principals for the demands they will face.

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