Imagine that you worked in a university Educational Leadership program with no limits or barriers regarding time, distance, money, personnel, past history, or bureaucracy. Now imagine that you were revising your principal preparation program. What would you put in it? In other words, if you had nothing to get in the way – if instead you could indulge in pie-in-the-sky dreaming – how would you design the world’s best principal preparation program?
- What absolutely must be in the program?
- What absolutely must NOT be in the program?
- What would you consider to be essential readings?
- What would you consider to be essential experiences?
- How would you design the internship (or internship-like experiences)?
- What are essential knowledge, skills, dispositions, competencies, etc. that you’d want graduates to have?
- And so on…
This is exactly the situation that my new institution, the University of Kentucky, is in right now (well, except for the ‘no limits or barriers’ part!). We’ll take any and all thoughts you’d care to lend. And, to sweeten the pot, I’ll randomly award a 4-pack of books (Teaching 2030, Personal Learning Networks, Ignore Everybody, & Faces of Learning) to someone from the pool of people who leaves a suggestion!