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Here are some key questions for policymakers to consider in addressing the issue of the preparation and professional development of school and district leaders:

  • What are the skills that today's education leaders need to be successful?
  • Do current preparation programs develop those skills?
  • Should there be standards for preparation programs?
  • How effective are other mechanisms of leadership preparation such as leadership academies and mentoring? Are there good models to follow?
  • Does the state have a clear set of expected standards and skills for school and district leaders? How is the state supporting the acquisition of those skills?
  • How can states support the ongoing and embedded professional development that is helpful to school and district leaders?
  • How can school and district time structures be altered for effective professional development?

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