A ready supply of well-prepared principals as instructional leaders in every school is an essential component of an educator talent development strategy. In the 2016-2017 school year, about a quarter of tri-county schools had principals who had been at their school for two years or less.
There is, at present, no discernible pipeline that assures excellent preparation and continuous development of aspiring principals.
The superintendents of the region’s four school districts, who meet regularly with TCCC as members of the Lowcountry Education Consortium, have recognized principal development as a common need among their districts.
In May, three organizations from around the country that run evidenced-based programs focused on training effective principals will visit the region and be interviewed by the superintendents. The goal is to establish a local best practices training program for aspiring principals.