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The needed changes in university leadership programs require bold thinking, courageous action, and a sustained commitment for continual help and support to the graduates of their programs (The Wallace Foundation, 2008). Orr (2006) adds that leadership programs should be innovative, focused, and authentic in their approaches to instruction, course work, and field experiences. The training and preparation future principal’s receive from their programs of choice must be fully aware of the challenging expectations facing administrators in the coming years. Sustained student learning and continuous school success are key constructs to the longevity of a principal as well as their certainty for achieving the advanced certification. The advanced certification not only recognizes the efforts of the students but also a leadership program’s effectiveness to prepare them for the daunting role of the principalship.

Implications for the profession and leadership programs

Principals receive very few professional accolades for the job they do. Internal and external pressures lead many to leave the profession after serving only a few years in the position thus necessitating an introspective examination of how future leaders are prepared, develop leadership skills, and adopt leadership practices that sustain and maintain student success. With this in mind, current practices and curriculum designs in preparation programs cannot be stagnant or based on teaching traditional managerial skills.

The Wallace Foundation (2008) supports the concept of an exemplary leadership program as one that focuses curricular efforts on developing the instructional abilities of the candidates, training candidates in the use of data to make and initiate school improvements, providing pre-service leaders experiences with real-world situations through applicable internship opportunities, while providing continuing professional training in effective supervisory skills. University programs should embrace each of these and embed these practices, not as “wishful” program components, but expectations of their programs.

Knowing that the possibility of an advanced certification will finally bring recognition to accomplished principal, preparation program should enhance their program’s influence on the essence of school leadership by offering an extended mentoring relationship, involving graduates in research-based conferences and presentations, and staying in constant contact with the National Board Certification process for the advanced certification.

The role of the National Board Certification for Leaders is to establish the assessment tools and evaluation system for the advanced licensure. Their continued work with educational organizations and practitioners will solidify the requirements for this certificate. Instructional leaders who are willing to commit themselves and their schools to continuous improvement, those who choose to create positive learning environments for all children, and those who support effective teaching practices will finally have the recognition they deserve. This effort will help to lay the “groundwork for a new educator, leadership initiative for assistant principals, teachers, and other school-based educators who [can] positively impact the culture of learning in schools” (NBPTS, n.d.a, para. 3).

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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