A growing number of districts are creating “pipelines” to prepare and support new principals. Research finds that this is one of the best ways to benefit student achievement. This guide offers help for districts looking to create and operate a principal pipeline, based on the research evidence.
Many districts have already put in place key pipeline elements and want to know how to improve. This guide can help districts reflect on their systems and begin planning improvements. It provides a set of evidence-based indicators for high-quality pipelines. It also provides discussion questions and other guidance to help districts reflect on their pipeline policies, practices, and infrastructure. Districts can rate their own status on each indicator as a step in their decision making and planning. Templates for plans to carry out improvements are also included.
Effective principal pipelines work in seven domains, and each domain supports the others:
Ninety districts tested an earlier edition of the guide and it was updated based on their experience.