Preparing to Lead

Lessons in Principal Development from High-Performing Education Systems.

October 16, 2017

In recent decades school systems have spent huge sums on leadership courses for aspiring principals, but they have not got the value they need. Preparing to Lead, a new Learning First report written for the Washington-based National Center on Education and the Economy, shows how four of the world’s highest-performing systems in PISA tests – Ontario, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong – have developed leadership training that uses deep knowledge of their individual system to prepare aspiring principals.

Too many school leadership programs in too many systems are generic and not targeted to the needs of schools.

In the four high-performing systems discussed in Preparing to Lead, learning for aspiring principals is concrete, targeted and embedded in schools and the system. It might be the future of leadership training everywhere.