Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is among six school systems cited for innovative leadership in a recent study of the changing role of principals.
|Cotswold Principal Alicia Hash|
"Attrition due to resignations and early retirements, along with a shortage of qualified candidates for open principal positions, is leading toward a crisis of leadership in American education," the report says.
CMS has had its share of principal churn lately, but the Southern Methodist University researchers who did the work looked to CMS; Gwinnett County, Ga.; Denver; Washington, DC; Uplift Education in Dallas-Fort Worth and the Northeast Leadership Academy at N.C. State University for promising strategies (read the CMS case study here). CMS gets credit for creating "super standards" that go beyond the required state principal evaluations, for working with nearby universities to help develop leadership and for providing supports such as "opportunity culture" classroom leaders and deans of students, who can keep principals from being spread too thin.
In an aside following up on my recent post about cumbersome school names, the STEM/STEAM acronym popped up for discussion on the Education Writers Association email list Wednesday. An EWA staffer shared this New York Times essay urging writers to shun the "didactic and jargony" term for science, technology, engineering and math (with or without art). A Florida reporter noted the emergence of B-STEM, adding business. I figure with the local enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, it's only a matter of time until we have Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Math, or ESTEEM schools.