UPPI: Evolution of the Principalship

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Learning Series: The Evolution of the Principalship

Principals are leading schools through significant challenges and uncertainties and, in the process, some aspects of teaching, learning and leadership may be indelibly changed. The Evolution of the Principalship learning series invites you to join with national experts in considering how principals’ work has changed and how our understanding of school leadership has evolved. Throughout this learning series, we will talk with principals, researchers and other experts about: 

  • What have the disruptions in schooling taught us, as principals and education leaders?
  • How have principals’ priorities and daily work changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Which changes are temporary, and which are indelible?
  • How can leadership and learning capitalize on community social and cultural histories to deepen engagement, achievement and equity?
  • What do the changes to school leadership mean for principal pipeline supports, including principal preparation and professional learning?

When you join these free online sessions, you can expect national experts to share their research and tools, and to engage you in dialogue about the evolution of school leadership.

All sessions are supported by the Wallace Foundation and organized by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the University Council of Education Administration (UCEA).

What is UPPI?

The University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI) is a five-year initiative from the Wallace Foundation to support seven universities in redesigning their principal preparation programs to ensure that they help shape professionals ready for the demanding role of school leader, especially in underserved schools.

Archived UPPI Learning Series

Access recordings and handouts from our previous UPPI Learning Series, Taking Educator Preparation to the Next Level.

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Leading Literacy: Tapping into Social Traditions to Help Students Read the Word and the World

Doug Fisher
San Diego State University

Gholdy Muhammad
Georgia State University

October 28, 2020

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