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Wallace Foundation, The;
At one time, finding an assistant principal for a public school in Denver entailed a search through "a gajillion résumés," in the words of one local school district administrator. Even then, some ideal candidates likely fell through the cracks. Those days are over, owing to the development by Denver Public Schools of a "leader tracking system," a database of information about the training, qualifications and performance of principals and aspiring principals.
This Story From the Field examines how Denver and five other school districts have constructed and are using these systems as they seek to better train, hire and support school principals. All six districts are taking part in the Principal Pipeline Initiative, a Wallace Foundation-funded effort to help the school systems develop a large corps of strong school principals and generate lessons for the field.
In addition to aiding district officials in identifying strong principal and assistant principal candidates and matching them to the right schools, the leader tracking systems are helping in efforts to forecast job vacancies, pinpoint principal training topics and spot potential principal mentors. The districts are also beginning to use the systems to share aggregate information about the performance of principals with the preparation programs from which the principals graduated.
The publication makes clear that developing a leader tracking system takes time and effort. It describes, for example, how determining what information to collect, and then finding it, proved to be a key but time-consuming task, not least because essential data could be housed in different niches of the school bureaucracies.
Highlights trends in the population, residents' race/ethnicity, real income, and educational attainment in Prince George's County, Maryland, for the county overall and by district.
Federation for American Immigration Refrom (FAIR);
Prince George's County schools have consistently ranked at the bottom in state assessments of student performance and it is currently the only county that Maryland's Department of Education has marked for "corrective action." As the proportion of non-English speaking students continues to grow, Prince George's County schools will find it increasingly more difficult to provide its students with a quality education.
Prince George's Community Foundation;
Offers step-by-step guidance on avoiding foreclosure and negotiating with lenders. Explains foreclosure and eviction procedures. Includes lists of housing counseling agencies, emergency service organizations, and government programs.