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Knowledge From the Field

A Better Pipeline to the Principalship

Published: October 2007

Publisher(s): Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy at University of Washington

Author(s): Mezzacappa, Dale

Funder(s): Wallace Foundation

View Report (6 pages; 202KB; PDF)

Area of focus: Teacher Quality


The report gives an overview of the Superintendentís Academy for Building Leaders in Education (SABLE), a two-year school leadership training program designed specifically for Atlanta schools. It was started with the help of the Wallace Foundation in 1999 to revamp and expand principal training. SABLE emphasizes less authoritarian leadership roles and works with participating faculty to address how they can personally improve their leadership skills based on personality types and organizational tendencies.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

= SABLE has brought about a culture change in the ways leadership roles and their acquisition are viewed in the Atlanta school system, particularly a move away from a focus on personal relationships and disciplinarian roles.

= While there are no studies on the success of SABLE training on student outcomes, there are examples of principals from the program leading schools that have increased student achievement scores and graduation rates

Geographic Focus: Atlanta, GA

Subjects/Keywords: Leadership development; increasing teacher effectiveness; principals

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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