The Role of Principal Leaders in Shaping a Great Education
Based on a dozen years of research and field experience, the prestigious Wallace Foundation identifies five key practices linking effective school leadership and student achievement:
Shaping a vision of academic success for all students based on high standards
Creating a climate hospitable to education so that safety, a cooperative spirit and other foundations of fruitful interaction prevail
Cultivating leadership in others so that teachers and others assume their part in realizing the school vision
Improving instruction to enable teachers to teach at their best and students to learn at their utmost
Managing people, data and processes to foster school improvement
Preparing Principals for New Emerging Needs
Rider’s Principal Leadership program recognizes that it is principals who are best positioned to lead the effort in their schools to ensure that teaching and learning are as excellent as possible. Principals who have a school-wide focus on better teaching and learning, who know how to create a vision and share authority, and who are prepared to be accountable for achieving the school’s educational goals, are vital to ensuring the quality of our children’s education.
The professionals in our School of Education work with our participants to develop and evaluate curricula, use data to diagnose student needs, coach teachers, plan professional development in their schools, and establish school-wide norms that support high quality teaching and learning.
A Flexible Executive Format Program
Leading to an M.A. in Educational Leadership, the Principal Leadership program’s cohort-based, executive-style format brings educational peers together to study, network and learn as a unit throughout the program. Participants engage in online classes during the school year, and attend two residencies on Rider’s Lawrenceville Campus each summer.
The program’s flexible blended learning format recognizes the demands of the teaching profession while maintaining the rigors of a quality leadership training program. Participants pursue their graduate studies without interrupting their professional and personal responsibilities.
Candidates complete their graduate studies in two years, and are eligible to sit for both the principal and supervisor certificates.
This executive program’s all-inclusive tuition covers the full cost of attendance, as well as books, student fees, and residency expenses. School districts with multiple participants in the Principal Leadership program may qualify for a group discount rate.
Details are available from the Office of Graduate Admission at 609-896-5036.