Alternative Programs Commended

Published October 1, 2005

The U.S. Department of Education in August commended six alternative administration programs for their effectiveness, in the report Innovations in Education: Innovative Pathways to School Leadership.

The honorees were New Leaders for New Schools, Boston Principal Fellowship, First Ring Leadership Academy (Cleveland), Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago (LAUNCH), New Jersey Expedited Certification for Educational Leadership (NJ EXCEL), and Principals Excellence Program (Pike County, Kentucky).

Though the Department of Education noted the programs are new and fairly experimental, “all are based on the premise that by inventing new pathways to school leadership, attracting experienced and successful leaders, focusing on the essential elements of school improvement, and clearing unnecessary hurdles along the path, they can attract high-quality professionals to lead schools where they are most needed,” the report’s authors wrote.