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SCHOOL LEADER PREPARATION: A BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE Submitted to the Illinois Board of Higher Education by the Commission on School Leader Preparation in Illinois Colleges and Universities Presented by Co-Chairs Cordelia Meyer Dianne Ashby August 15, 2006.

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SCHOOL LEADER PREPARATION:

A BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE

Submitted to the

Illinois Board of Higher Education by the

Commission on School Leader Preparation

in Illinois Colleges and Universities

Presented by Co-Chairs

Cordelia Meyer Dianne Ashby

August 15, 2006

commission background
Commission Background
  • Established by IBHE in August 2005
  • Comprised of leaders from K-12 schools, colleges & universities, business & professional education organizations, ISBE, IBHE
  • Charge
    • Review Educating School Leaders (Levine, 2006)
    • Examine school leader preparation in IL
    • Propose strategies for improving preparation
school leaders can improve student achievement
School Leaders CAN ImproveStudent Achievement
  • Student achievement in Illinois is in crisis
  • School effectiveness research tells us how to improve schools & learning
  • Illinois must improve preparation programs to produce the highly qualified leaders we need to improve student achievement
challenges facing illinois
Challenges Facing Illinois
  • Recruiting & admitting the best potential leaders
  • Focusing preparation programs on improving & sustaining P-12 student achievement
  • Ensuring quality programs
goals
Goals
  • Recruit Strategically
  • Focus Preparation Programs
  • Improve Statewide Assessment & Coordination
goal one recruit strategically
Goal One:Recruit Strategically

Recommendation 1: Restructure admission criteria & recruit high quality principals

  • Holistic evaluation of applicants based on attributes known to improve student learning
  • Targeted recruitment
    • Grow-your-own programs
    • Work with teacher education faculty
goal two focus preparation programs
Goal Two:Focus Preparation Programs

Recommendation 2: Improve programs using rigorous assessment data

  • Assess candidates’ capacity to be effective school leaders; counsel candidates & adjust programs as needed
  • Participate in Education Administration Graduate Assessment project
  • Provide data to the state & public
  • Utilize advisory groups
  • Establish guidelines that distinguish Ph.D. from Ed.D.
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Goal Two:Focus Preparation Programs

Recommendation 3: Create meaningful clinical & internship experiences

  • Require meaningful experiences that connect coursework to the workplace
  • Strengthen & utilize university-school partnerships
  • Train mentors
  • Secure funds for internships from a variety of sources
  • Assess internship experiences
  • Revise Illinois standards to align with ELCC standards
  • Utilize clinical faculty
goal three improve statewide assessment coordination
Goal Three: Improve StatewideAssessment & Coordination

Recommendation 4: Establish a rigorous certificate exam

  • Utilize School Leaders Licensure Assessment & School Superintendent Assessment (ETS)
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Goal Three: Improve StatewideAssessment & Coordination

Recommendation 5: Revise the certification & endorsement structure

  • Reserve Type 75 for principals only
  • Review other positions requiring Type 75 & revise requirements
  • Develop programs to prepare individuals for non-principal leadership positions
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Goal Three: Improve StatewideAssessment & Coordination

Recommendation 6: Coordinate rigorous program approval & review processes

  • Conduct third party review of all current programs
  • Develop joint approval & review processes between ISBE & IBHE
  • Provide IBHE with authority to recommend probation or closure of programs
  • Participate in national review of ELCC standards
next steps for ibhe
Next Steps for IBHE

IBHE should:

  • Ensure wide dissemination of this report
  • Strengthen Goal 2 of The Illinois Commitment
  • Fund pilot testing of innovative programs
  • Seek legislative support for funding clinical faculty roles
  • Reward programs for quality admissions & training
  • Require IBHE staff to provide annual updates on the progress of each recommendation
  • Reconvene the Commission in the fall of 2009
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Next Steps for IBHE

Support related-efforts currently underway:

  • Education Administration Graduate Assessment
    • Survey program graduates to improve programs
  • SB 860: Principal Certification
    • Develops a statewide mentor program
    • Improves state professional development program
    • Requires mandatory evaluations
    • Develops a master principal program
    • Develops alternative programs for NBCT’s to become principals
    • Develops teacher-leader endorsement programs
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Better prepared school leaders can improve student achievement
  • State leaders are critical to improving the quality of school leaders & student achievement & share in the responsibility

The report is available from the Illinois Board of Higher Education website,

in the Reports and Studies section, at www.ibhe.org.

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SCHOOL LEADER PREPARATION:

A BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE

Submitted to the

Illinois Board of Higher Education by the

Commission on School Leader Preparation

in Illinois Colleges and Universities

Presented by Co-Chairs

Cordelia Meyer Dianne Ashby

August 15, 2006